GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and killed a motorist in suburban Dallas following a chase that led to a brief standoff.
Police say a Grand Prairie officer was attempting to stop a vehicle Thursday night for a traffic violation when the driver fled. He was identified as 37-year-old Jorge Albert Merino. The vehicle continued into nearby Cedar Hill where it came to an abrupt stop.
Merino was alone in the vehicle and displayed a handgun in a “threatening manner” that made officers fear for their lives, police said.
They then shot Merino, who died at the scene.
A gun was recovered there and the sheriff’s office is investigating whether Merino pointed it at police.