Two Dallas officers shot after rushing in to save a woman in a domestic violence call – two found dead

DALLAS, TX – Two Dallas Police officers are reportedly recovering after having been shot when responding to a domestic violence call on February 18th. 

The incident in question also resulted in a deceased male suspect and one deceased female, which officials believe to have been a murder-suicide

The series of events started when two Dallas Police officers responded to a residence located on Bonita Avenue, near the Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue, at approximately 11:00 a.m. on February 18th.

According to Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, the responding officers were met with immediate gunfire upon arrival at the residence – resulting in both of the officers getting shot in the legs: 

“The officers were struck, went down. As other officers arrived they were extracted from the scene and transported here to Baylor. They’ve suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.”

After additional units and SWAT arrived on the scene of the shooting, authorities say that police had discovered two deceased individuals inside of the home that had suffered apparent gunshot wounds.

Officials believe that it was a murder-suicide, with the male suspect shooting the female victim and then himself. 

Authorities have neither identified the deceased or officers injured by name. 

A Ring camera positioned outside of a home nearby the scene captured footage of one of the injured officers being tended to by some of the additional officers that arrived on the scene. 

The owner of the home that captured that footage, Jason McCoy, said that his wife was at the home during the incident and had called him in a state of panic when the situation was ongoing: 

“She looked out front to see what was going on and saw police officers in our drive way with their guns drawn, and she called me in a panic to ask what she should do.”

“Right about the time I answered the phone, I heard gunfire in the background.”

McCoy stated that he didn’t personally know the man and woman who lived at the home where the incident took place, but mentioned that his wife had once had an interaction with one of them that lived there: 

“I don’t know who she spoke to over there, but she said they were nice and fine.”

One resident, Danny Campbell, who lives down the street from where the incident occurred, recalled the moment when he realized something was wrong in his neighborhood: 

“I see this police car in behind me, and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ They said, ‘Get inside.’ I just started filming and then I learned what was happening.”

The entire debacle lasted for roughly three hours before police had happened upon the deceased suspect and female inside of the home, according to Chief Garcia. 

As for the unidentified male suspect, Chief Garcia stated that he held a relatively lengthy criminal history that dates as far back as 1981. The unnamed suspect was said to have previous convictions of sexually assaulting women – with one victim having been a 15-year-old girl. 

Chief Garcia took to Twitter to extend accolades to the local fire department for responding to the scene quickly to render aid to the injured officers: 

“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the outstanding effort and split second decision of Dallas Fire Rescue, for providing cover to our wounded as they were extracted. Now THAT is true teamwork. Appreciate you!”

Police officials say that none of the responding officers fired any shots during the incident. 

This is a developing story. 

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Days prior to this latest incident, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on the unfortunate passing of a Dallas Police officer that was reportedly killed by a suspected drunk driver. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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DALLAS, TX – A Dallas Police officer was reportedly killed while actively trying to secure the scene of a accident on the early morning hours of February 13th, according to reports.

Police officials say that the officer was killed after a suspected drunk driver crash into the officer’s patrol unit – which then caused the patrol unit to hit the officer.

Dallas Police officials have identified the fallen officer as Officer Mitchell Penton.

The incident was said to have occurred at approximately 1:25 a.m., where a 32-year-old male suspect was said to have been, “driving at a high rate of speed,” while Officer Penton was in the midst of securing the scene of an accident in the northbound lanes of North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane with his cruiser lights illuminated.

Officials say that the 32-year-old suspect had crashed into Officer Penton’s cruiser, which then caused the cruiser to collide with the officer. Officer Penton was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The suspect, later identified as Phillip Mabry, was said to have been arrested under charges of intoxication manslaughter on a police officer and intoxication assault.

A passenger inside of the suspect’s vehicle was said to have been hospitalized following the collision, “for trauma to her chest area and a laceration on her face,” according to police officials.

Officer Mitchell Penton - Dallas Police Department
Officer Mitchell Penton – Dallas Police Department

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia had the following to say regarding the DPD’s recent loss:

“Our hearts are heavy right now. This young officer had such a bright future ahead of him. We asked that the community join us as we pray for the officer’s family. We would also like to extend that prayer to the brave men and women of this great department.”

Officer Penton was still a trainee with the DPD – having joined the department back in February of 2019.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also released a statement following the news of the officer’s death:

“Dallas mourns today over the devastating loss of one of our police officers. He died far too young, but the measure of a life is not longevity, but what someone does with the time they have.”

“And this officer dedicated his time to serving our great city in an inherently dangerous job. We are forever indebted to him and forever heartbroken by this tragedy.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also delivered a statement regarding the death of Officer Penton:

“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of the Dallas Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty this morning.”

“This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while serving and protecting our communities. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in lifting up the officer’s family and the entire Dallas Police Department in prayer during this difficult time.”

Officer Penton leaves behind his wife, who is reportedly pregnant with their first child.

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