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Video: Dallas Officers Shoot, Kill Man Armed With Screwdriver

June 15, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Dallas Officers Shoot, Kill Man Armed With Screwdriver

Two Dallas police officers shot and killed man after his mother called 911 for mental health help.

Jason Harrison’s mother called in hopes of having a mental health professional come and take her troubled son to a hospital. Two Dallas police officers showed up at her door in south Dallas. According to the police department, Jason Harrison, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, threatened the officers with a screwdriver. The two officers then shot and killed Harrison on the front porch his mother’s home.

Deputy Chief Gil Garza told CBS-TV 11 the officers feared for their safety.


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jnc36rcpd @ 6/16/2014 2:51 PM

I'd be intrigued to learn how often "mental health professionals" responded to the decedent's home in the past and why the family expected one to appear on this occasion. In most cases, mental health professionals do not respond to 911 calls.

We do have psychiatric social workers who will roll out in our county. They usually request police back-up when they conduct their evaluations. Like the decedent's family, they are afraid of being murdered or assaulted by a violent mentally ill offender. In fact, when the program started some fifteen years ago, police were forced to use deadly force when the subject disarmed one of the officers. That created an institutional memory that the mentally ill with whom we deal are often dangerous.

Renee Morgan @ 6/16/2014 4:52 PM

Here in NC, even if an ambulance is called for this type of situation, law enforcement has to go in and make sure the scene is safe for Emergency Services to go in and do their job, so not sure that would have made a difference in this case. Just another example of how important it is to train officers in handling the mentally ill appropriately.......We have a mental institution in our town, so our law enforcement is more aware and well trained. However, that doesn't mean these types of situations don't happen anyway... And since none of us were there, I don't believe we should judge these officers for their actions. I'm sure they were handling the situation the best they knew how and unfortunately, a life was lost. My heart goes out to the family of the decedent, as well as to the officers who have to live with this. I imagine they would have preferred things not turn out this way either...

Capt. Crunch @ 6/16/2014 5:00 PM

May the suspect rest in peace, it is a good thing that his case worker did not show up or he/she would have been killed. The police did the right thing and the neighborhood is a safer place now. Until doctors fine a better cure for mental illness I am afraid more incidents like this will occur.

Ron PPD @ 6/17/2014 4:59 AM

Why do so many people think police officer just over react on deadly situations, let one of them stand there while another person comes at them with a bat, or another object that can cause death, wake up people

S.S. @ 6/17/2014 10:47 AM

Thanx P.M. for taking deleting the uncalled for posts.

LPre @ 3/16/2015 8:09 PM

Why not shoot the person in the shoulder or leg to make him drop the screwdriver. Why do you all continue to shoot to kill??? This makes no sense!

Rick @ 3/17/2015 4:10 AM

Don't the police know how to communicate with the mentally ill?! What happened to Basic negotiation skills?

Seems the Officers over-reacted & they were "cleared"? How insensitive!! Hope the Mother sues!

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