Suspect showed fake weapon in officer-involved shooting at The Parks Mall

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Reports: Officer-involved shooting closes Parks Mall in Arlington

A shooting was reported at Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday evening, according to local media reports.

The mall is being evacuated by security and the scene is under control, police said. Download the KIII-TV 3News app now.

During a press conference Monday afternoon at police headquarters, police spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook said police encountered Dodd at about 2 p.m. on Friday.

"He produced what we believe to be an imitation or fake replica style gun", Cook said.

An off-duty officer in a marked uniform responded to the call and at some point the male suspect attempted to flee the officer.

Image source Arlington police via surveillance video
Image source Arlington police via surveillance video

An hour before the theft incident, Arlington 911 received a call from someone claiming to be William Dodd.

Cook said the police are working with the District Attorney's office to file the appropriate charges against Dodd. Police have not yet identified him.

"Officers can not make a distinction between the two, a split second decision", he said. He told operators that he was at Stovall Park and reiterated he had a gun and would shoot police if they came near him.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital and is now being treated for his injuries. He warned the dispatcher that he had a gun and would shoot at police if they tried to pursue him. "You have an officer trying to detain an individual for a legitimate offense. and then he makes a decision to pull an imitation firearm out". Arlington PD later clarified the officer was on-duty as part of its South Retail District Unit.

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