Dallas Police are investigating after a witness to an officer-involved shooting said an officer shot a suspect who appeared to be holding both hands up.
If true, it would be the second case of Dallas Police shooting an unarmed person in the last few months.
Dallas Police were pursuing a hijacked vehicle after 3 p.m. on Monday Dec. 9 when the driver slowed down, opened the driver's side door and began to run away, despite officers shouting not to.
The incident began at a gas station on Bruton Road, when suspects reportedly threatened a man in a Malibu. That man took off running and told police those suspects fired at him several times. Police say no weapon was found at the scene where the vehicle ended up.
Officer Amy Wilburn, according to police, approached the car as it continued to move slowly forward. Wilburn came up to the car to stop it from moving when she saw Kelvion Walker, 19, in the front passenger seat.
Dallas police said Wilburn "perceived Walker to be an imminent threat, drew her weapon and discharged it once striking him."
But an eyewitness who saw the shooting told police Walker was reclined in the front passenger seat and appeared to be holding both hands up when the shooting took place. Police said no weapon was found at the scene.
Chief Brown with the police department told FOX 4 Tuesday night that it's too soon into the investigation to comment, but he can assure people there will be a thorough investigation.
Guillermo Salas was working at the complex at the time of the shooting. He heard the shot, but did not see who fired or who was shot.
"I saw the maroon car and two police cars behind him, you know," said Salas. "I said, ‘Well, somebody's in trouble,' you know. And they got him up there by the corner and I heard the shot, and I back it up…I'm working, you know. And I pick up my work truck and go."
Dallas police said it's reviewing police dash-cam of the incident.
Walker remains in critical condition at a Dallas hospital and has not been charged with any criminal offense.
Wilburn, a 12-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave.
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