A rookie Dallas police officer shot and killed a drunk teenager who they believed was a burglary suspect in the Pleasant Grove area.
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity in a vacant home in the 1600 block of Conner Drive.
Sr. Cpl. Mark Meltabarger and Officer Jamal Robinson found 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo, Jr. standing inside the home, yelling something unintelligible. Pinedo's family owns the house, but moved out about a year ago.
He initially complied with the officers' commands to come out and get on the ground. But then police said he started running in circles, got onto his knees and curled into a ball, all while continuing to yell unintelligibly.
The suspect, according to police, allegedly threw his cellphone at Sr. Cpl. Meltabarger's head and then began charging directly at Officer Robinson.
Police said the rookie officer had a fence behind him and had nowhere to go. He feared for his life so he fired his weapon. The senior officer used at Taser on the suspect at the same time.
Pinedo was taken to Baylor Medical Center where he later died.
Police believe Pinedo had been out drinking with friends and started roughhousing with one of them and a neighbor likely heard them horsing around.
Officer Robinson is seven weeks out of the academy. He will be placed on administrative leave, which is routine for officer-involved shootings.
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