DALLAS, Texas – Wednesday morning, Dallas police released body camera footage of an officer’s fatal confrontation with an armed man in Far East Dallas.
Just before 6 a.m., police responded to a complaint on Shiloh Road near Gus Thomasson Road regarding a man, subsequently identified as 64-year-old Darrell Hibbard, pointing weapons at drivers and vehicles.
The body camera footage reveals that the cops repeatedly ordered the gunman to drop his firearm before Hibbard opened fire on officers.
According to Dallas police, Hibbard fired at the doors of two patrol cars, and three officers returned fire.
Thursday afternoon, police chief Eddie Garcia described the situation as “an officer’s worst nightmare” during a press conference.
Garcia stated, “You will also observe gallantry in how these police handled this sad and life-threatening scenario.” “You will also observe a cop engaged in a gunfight with a suspect who is actively firing at a door she is hiding behind.”
Just before 6 a.m., police responded to a complaint on Shiloh Road near Gus Thomasson Road regarding a guy pointing a gun at cars and vehicles in the middle of the road. The suspect was later identified as Darrell Hibbard. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he eventually passed away.
Rebecca Walling was the first to arrive as a police officer.
“Put down the pistol! Drop the weapon! “She informed Hibbard,
Before Walling exited her squad car, which was parked just in front of the residence, she observed Hibbard, a man with no criminal record and no history of violence.
She pleaded with him to down the pistol for over a minute and sixteen seconds, and more than a dozen times.
Officer Jason Rozenburg then approached the address from the north, and as Hibbard opened fire, Walling yelled.
Walling and Rozenburg engaged.
“I believe I was struck in the leg,” Hibbard says on the bodycam video.
Her left leg was hurt and bleeding, and her unit was being damaged by gunfire, but she was not shot.
“Remain seated,” she commanded other officers.
Police added that despite Walling’s injury, he continued to issue commands that Hibbard continued to disregard.
“While the guy was on the ground, he continued firing or pointing his firearm at officers,” Garcia explained.
This prompted Otilo Valdez-Sánchez Jr. to fire his weapon.
The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he eventually passed away.
Valdez-Sanchez is heard instructing a woman, “Ma’am, get back in the house.”
According to relatives of Hibbard’s family, the officer was speaking with his mother. She was reportedly on the porch attempting to convince him to drop the pistol.
They reported that he was unresponsive, as if he had not heard her.
Hibbard was taken to a hospital, where he eventually passed away. One of the officers had a leg injury without being shot.
“Every fatality is awful. This is a tragedy for Mr. Hibbard’s family and friends, but it is also a tragedy for our officers who were involved in the incident yesterday morning. This is never our desired result “explained Garcia.
Chief Garcia stated that there were more loaded firearms on the porch, and the bomb squad examined the residence after investigators received information that explosives may have been inside. None was discovered.
The chief desires to learn more about Hibbard’s past.
“This is a tragedy for Mr. Hibbard’s family and friends, but also for our officers who were involved yesterday morning. This is never our desired result “he remarked.
Hibbard’s relatives reported that he had mental health concerns and paranoia in recent years, but no official medical diagnosis.
They seek toxicology data from an autopsy to determine whether something could have caused his odd behavior.
SKY 4 displayed a number of evidence markers in the area where the shooting occurred.
Officers were also observed retrieving three long weapons from the front porch and removing the deceased man’s pickup truck, according to the neighbors.
According to Dallas police, Hibbard had no criminal record.