DALLAS (KRLD) – A suspect was injured after being shot by police in Dallas during a high-speed chase. Authorities said the suspect stole a bait truck from the 300 block of North Walton Street at around 2:00 a.m. Monday. When the vehicle didn’t shut off officers chased the man through another crime scene and into Fair Park.
The chase came to an end when the suspect rammed the bait truck through a gate at the fairgrounds. Police say an officer shot the suspect once after he intentionally rammed a squad car.
No officers were hurt during the incident. The suspect, who has only been identified as a black male between 38 and 40 years old, was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
“A bait car is something that we leave out in an area where there is a high amount of vehicles that are stolen,” said Maj. Jimmy Vaughn with the Dallas Police Department. “Once suspect gets into it and takes that car, it sends a signal to our department, letting us know the car was stolen, at which time we engage and try to track down this car and apprehend the suspect.”
Bait cars are equipped with a mechanism that allows police to disabled them remotely. When asked if that mechanism failed in this instance, Vaughn said, “We’re still looking into that.”
At one point during the pursuit, the suspect led authorities through another crime scene, a shooting investigation in the Deep Ellum area that was completely unrelated to this case. The bait truck struck a police vehicle as it passed through, on the way to Fair Park.