Mesquite officer dies after shooting outside grocery store

Crime & Public Safety

Credit: NBC 5

UPDATE (KETK) – A police officer was killed after being shot outside of a grocery store in Mesquite.

The officer was responding to a disturbance involving two women. Mesquite Police Chief David Gill said the officer died while receiving treatment at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Dallas.

The shooting happened around 1:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Belt Line Road in the parking lot of an Albertsons store, wrote our NBC affiliate NBC 5.

During the disturbance, a man got out a gun and a shootout happened with the officer, said Gill. The officer was shot twice.

“This is a senseless act of violence that ripped a loving father from his family,” Gill said during a news conference Friday.

The officer’s identity has not been shared with the public yet, but he was a 21-year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department.

“He was a good man, a good friend and a good officer. Please keep his family and our family in your prayers,” he said as he got emotional.

The man accused of shooting the officer was in critical condition with one gunshot wound, and his identity has not been made public either.

Law enforcement also formed a motorcade on Friday to escort the officer’s body from the hospital to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office.

The North Texas community has shared their condolences regarding the incident. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shared a message about the officer on social media.

“My heart goes out to the officer’s family, friends, and colleagues with @MesquitePD_TX. The people of Dallas mourn with you,” he wrote.

The Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia also said they are “praying and mourning alongside our brothers and sisters from @MesquitePD_TX.”


MESQUITE, Texas (KETK) – A Mesquite officer and a suspect have been hospitalized and are in critical condition after a shooting at a grocery store in the Dallas area Friday afternoon, according to police.

The shooting happened around 1:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Beltline Road in the parking lot of an Albertsons store, wrote our NBC affiliate NBC 5.

The officer was responding to a disturbance involving two women, then gunfire was exchanged between the officer and a man, said Mesquite Police Captain Stephen Biggs.

Biggs also told NBC 5 that the officer and the man were hospitalized with gunshot injuries.

Other information regarding the incident is still unknown.

Police officers and patrol cars were also seen outside of the Baylor Scott & White University Medical Center in Dallas.

Credit: NBC 5

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