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Man killed by Dallas officers refused to drop gun after dozens of commands, police say

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 9/30/2022 Jamie Landers, The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police Chief Eddie García said Thursday that multiple loaded guns, including rifles, were found on the porch of Darrell Hibbard’s home near Shiloh and Gus Thomasson roads in Far East Dallas. © Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News/TNS Dallas police Chief Eddie García said Thursday that multiple loaded guns, including rifles, were found on the porch of Darrell Hibbard’s home near Shiloh and Gus Thomasson roads in Far East Dallas.

The man killed by Dallas officers Wednesday morning was ordered to put his gun down more than a dozen times before a lengthy exchange of gunfire began, body-worn camera footage released Thursday showed.

At a news conference at Dallas police headquarters, police Chief Eddie García said multiple 911 calls about a man wandering a neighborhood with a gun led three officers — Jacob Rozenburg, Otilio Valdez-Sanchez Jr. and Brandy Walling — to 64-year-old Darrell Hibbard in the 10300 block of Shiloh Road, near Gus Thomasson Road in the Casa View area of Far East Dallas.

García described what followed as “an officer’s worst fear.”

The first few moments of footage show Walling parking on a residential street and opening her patrol car door as she yells “Drop the gun!” and “You’re going to get shot!” and “Put it down!” numerous times.

Several minutes later, about four shots ring out as Walling screams and then shouts “Shots fired, shots fired!” She doesn’t leave the car, using the door as a shield as more than 20 gunshots follow.

It was unclear from the footage who fired first, and García did not say.

García said all three officers fired their weapons at Hibbard, who he said continued to aim his gun at officers even after he hit the ground.

Hibbard, who was hit multiple times, was blurred out in the footage as he lay in the grass in front of his home. As Rozenburg approached him, the officer shouted “Do not move, you will get shot.”

Hibbard was handcuffed and taken to a hospital, where he died just after 7 a.m.

Walling wasn’t shot but suffered an injury to her left leg, García said. No one else was hurt. Police said two patrol cars were hit.

“Any loss of life is a tragedy,” the chief said. “This is never our intended outcome.”

There was no indication the incident was “suicide by cop,” police said.

According to García, multiple loaded guns, including rifles, were found on the porch of Hibbard’s home. The Police Department’s explosives squad responded to the scene after detectives were informed that Hibbard’s room may have contained explosive devices, but none were found.

Hibbard had no prior felony convictions, and García said that was the extent of his knowledge of the man’s criminal history Thursday.

The three officers were placed on administrative leave, per the department’s protocol.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. The Dallas County district attorney’s office is investigating independently, police said, and the Office of Community Police Oversight also was notified.

This was the seventh shooting involving Dallas officers this year, and the second one that was fatal. In July, an officer fatally shot 30-year-old Kyle Dail seconds after he raised and tossed away a handgun during a struggle at a Lake Highlands gas station.

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