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Highland Park police fatally shoot man with stolen motorcycle

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Highland Park police fatally shot a motorcyclist Tuesday night after they say he opened fire on officers.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner on Wednesday identified the man as 32-year-old David Hartman.

Police say they got a phone call from a woman in Highland Park, who said she thought a man on a green motorcycle was following her.

Officers spotted a similar motorcycle in a parking lot near Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road.

After confirming the motorcycle was stolen, police took the driver into custody and put him in the backseat of a squad car.

One witness says police put the suspect in a headlock and took him to the ground, where he was handcuffed and placed in a police SUV.

Police say the suspect produced a gun and shot the window out of the SUV. That's when, according to police, the two officers returned fire.

Sources say officers shot Hartman twice in the back and once in the leg.

A mother and son witnessed the second part of the incident.

"All of a sudden, we see this guy climbing out of the back seat of the police vehicle and he was kind of stumbling along and then we heard gunfire...the police shot him," said Sheryl Armstrong.

"He was shot in the back and they rolled him over and tried to do CPR," said Jeff Armstrong.

Another witness had just returned home from buying books with her mother at Barnes and Noble.

"We had been at the bookstore my mom and I, and had walked across the street five minutes before and then sat down, so that was the scariest part to me, I was really right there," said Madi Linck who can't believes she was almost in the line of fire.

The suspect was taken to Parkland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were hurt in the shootout.

Hartman's widow, Brandi, believes he tried to escape from police, so that another run-in with the law wouldn't stop him from seeing his children.

"Because if he was to be locked up, he would miss too much of his kids' lives," she said.

Brandi also has a lot of questions about what happened, such as whether police did a thorough search of Hartman before he was arrested.

Highland Park police won't say if the suspect was searched for a gun before being placed in the back of the squad car.

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

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