DALLAS – Police have released video of a shooting involving an officer at a North Dallas convenience store.
The shooting occurred late Wednesday night as officers investigated complaints of drug dealing outside the LBJ Food Mart near Interstate 635 and Jupiter Road.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said an undercover officer saw Kyle Dail, 30, doing several hand-to-hand drug deals and then getting into a car.
The officer followed Dail and called in uniformed officers to try to arrest him. Dail refused to stop and continued driving. Police lost sight of his car, but later learned he was back at the same convenience store.
Three officers spotted Dail in the back of the store and body camera video shows what happened when they tried to arrest him.
“The suspect began to resist the officers and the officers struggled to bring him into custody. During this struggle, Dail pulled a handgun from his trouser pocket, raised it in l looks in front of the officer. [Thomas] Hoffmann’s face. In response to this action, Officer Hoffman drew his firearm and then fired his department-issued weapon, striking the suspect,” Chief Garcia said.
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Dail was hospitalized in critical condition, but the medical examiner confirmed that Dail had died of his injuries.
The officers were not injured.
Chief Garcia said that was never the intended outcome, but added that the officer who fired the fatal shot acted out of a perceived threat.
“This event and these events are traumatic. It’s traumatic for Kyle Dail’s family. We recognize that. I recognize that. But it’s also traumatic for our officers who were involved that night,” Garcia said. .
While the case is still under investigation, police released the surveillance video in an effort to be transparent.
This is the fourth shooting involving a Dallas Police Department officer in 2022. The third occurred earlier this week when an officer shot a woman who had opened fire inside the Dallas Love Field airport.
“After reviewing the store’s surveillance cameras and officers’ body-worn cameras, the detective observed the suspect pull a handgun from his pocket. An officer can be heard on camera warning other officers that the suspect was armed as the struggle ensued,” Garcia said.
Police recovered the handgun and turned over the evidence to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, which will conduct an independent investigation.
“Dail’s weapon was found to be loaded with four rounds in the revolver in the cocked position,” Garcia said. “Taking his gun and pulling it out in front of police officers, I just don’t understand what the individual was thinking.”
Dail had a long criminal history with previous convictions for drugs, evading arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm, among other things.
“It is clear that the individual no longer wanted to return to prison,” Chief Garcia said. “What is relevant to this case is that he was a convicted felon who should not have had a gun.”