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Suspect dies following chase, standoff at Southwest Center Mall

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DALLAS - A slow-speed pursuit of a felony warrant suspect in Dallas ended with the suspect dead in the parking lot of the Southwest Center Mall on Monday.

The chase began after 1 p.m. when
Dallas police pulled over a driver, 30-year-old Michael Mayo, who was wanted on felony warrants. Mayo was with his girlfriend at the time.

Police smelled marijuana and called for backup, and Mayo took off driving. The girlfriend jumped out of the car.

A somewhat erratic chase ensued, with the suspect pulling over several times but then jumping back into his small red car.

Hwy. 67 was shut down near the Southwest Center Mall because the suspect was stopped on the service road, with the suspect moving one last time and coming to a stop in the parking lot on the northeast side of the mall.

SWAT officers were able to surround the suspect's vehicle in the mall parking lot, and the suspect went down about 2:20 p.m. Mayo had a gun and pointed it at police and at his own head during the standoff, and police tried to negotiate a surrender.  

People on scene heard gunshots that ended the standoff -- police shot and killed Mayo.

Medical personnel were on hand shortly after the shots and could be seen from Sky4, but the suspect was declared dead at the scene.

A criminal background check into Mayo shows arrests for burglary, theft and drug possession.

During the standoff, shoppers at the mall and people working nearby were told to shelter in place.

"We were horrified,” said witness Missy Walton. “We were scared to death. We did know how many people were involved…we couldn't lock the building, so we were very scared.”

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