DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police say a man shot and killed by officers Thursday night, had a gun and was using it before the shooting.
DPD officers rushed to a neighborhood in the Trinity Forest area of Southeast Dallas around 10:30 last night, after a number of people called 911 to report shots being fired.
Dallas police say when the officers arrived, they saw 33 year old Rodney Hodge walking through the neighborhood and pointing a gun directly at a group of people who were on a porch on Greencrest Drive.
According to police, the officers trailed him and tried to persuade the gunman to put his weapon down. He did not.
Major Jeff Cotner says Hodge walked toward a house and two people went for cover in a parked car.
“Mr. Hodge turned around from the house where he had walked and he began walking directly at the officers with a gun in his hand. Officers gave specific commands for Mr. Hodge to drop the gun. As he continued to advance toward the officers and adjacent to the parked car with the citizens seeking shelter, they fired their weapons,” said Cotner.
None of the three officers who shot Hodge was wearing a body camera, according to police.
However, police are reviewing a large amount of dash cam video, which they are not releasing at this time.
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