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Burglar, homeowner killed in officer-involved shooting in Dallas

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A suspected burglar was killed by a homeowner, who was then shot dead by police in a double-shooting late Thursday night in East Dallas.

Dallas police said a homeowner, William Hall, 57, shot and killed a suspected burglar, Jerry Hale, 30.

Witnesses who lived near the house in the 10300 block of Plummer heard gunfire and walked into the alley to see Hall standing over Hale.

Dallas police said Hall fired his weapon only once and then it jammed. The witnesses told a 911 operator that Hale wasn't killed instantly by the single gunshot wound and was pleading with Hall not to hurt him.

When the witnesses told Hall they had called 911, he threatened to shoot them. Police said he was manipulating the slide of his weapon in an attempt to fire the gun, but it continued to jam. The witnesses fled the alley and remained on the phone with 911 dispatchers.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after and saw Hall standing over Hale's body in the alley. The officers asked Hall to drop the gun, but Hall walks behind a privacy fence and out of view of the officer.

When more officers arrived on the scene, they went to Hale in the alley to attend to him. The initial responding officer warned them Hall was behind them and armed. At that point, Hall reappeared with his gun drawn and pointed at the officers.

Officers asked Hall to drop the gun, but he moved toward the officers with his gun raised. At that point, three officers fired their weapons at Hall, killing him.

Police said Hale died at the scene because paramedics were unable to attend to him due to the active scene occurring around him.

A witness told FOX4 he heard what he thought was a gunshot and didn't think much of it. He drove near the scene of the crime and saw officers surrounding a shirtless man in an alley who appeared to have a gun.

"First there was one shot, he screamed about five times, then they tried to shut him up and cover his mouth. So then that's when I drove by, there was already cops right there on the scene trying to get him to put his gun down. That's when I came back," said Giovanni Almanza.

"After that there was 5 gunshots constantly. A minute later, there was 5 more gunshots and that's when the cops starting coming to cover up the crime scene."

No police officers were hurt.

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