'Sunglass thief' who was shot by cops in a mall in front of horrified shoppers 'was suicidal and had threatened to kill cops in 911 call'
- William Paul Dodd, 21, is a known offender and is in a critical condition in hospital
- On Sunday, he made a 911 call in which he threatened to kill some police officers
- Later, cops tracked him down to The Parks shopping mall in Arlington, Dallas
- It is now thought Dodd, who was accused of stealing sunglasses, may be suicidal
William Paul Dodd, 21, who is suspected of shoplifting and pulling a fake gun on a cop
A shoplifting suspect who was shot when he pointed a pellet gun at an officer inside a Dallas-area mall had earlier dialed 911 threatening to kill cops.?
An Arlington police spokesman says 21-year-old William Paul Dodd is a known offender who may have been suicidal.
After Dodd made the 911 call, Police Lieutenant Christopher Cook says officers tracked the man inside The Parks at Arlington on Sunday after he was accused of stealing sunglasses at a store inside the mall.
Cook says the man pulled a replica handgun from his waistband and was shot by an officer.
The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall in Arlington, Texas, when an officer opened fire, believing the replica gun to be real.
Police said the man fled from security and got on the escalator to the second floor, near the food court, the NYDailyNews reports.
He pulled out what police said was later found to be a fake gun, pointing it at the police officer on the first floor.
A suspected shoplifter was shot by a police officer at an Arlington mall after allegedly reaching for a replica handgun. The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall Texas, when an officer opened fire, believing the replica gun to be real
Lieutenant Cook says the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon after a theft was reported at a store inside The Parks at Arlington mall.
The suspect tried to flee from security before going up an escalator toward the food court, police said.
Footage captures the immediate aftermath of the shooting as a police officer stands over the man on a halted escalator.
A separate video caught by a passerby was captioned with: 'Dude got shot right in front of me, I'm done'.
Cook said the male suspect then pulled a replica handgun from his waistband and was shot by an officer who thought the weapon was real.
The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall in Arlington, Texas, when an officer opened fire, believing the replica gun to be real?
Following the shooting, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson tweeted: 'It is nearly impossible to determine the authenticity of a real versus fake gun.'
Sharing the photo of the fake weapon, he added: 'There is no training that would allow officers to distinguish between what's real and what's fake in a matter of seconds.
'Replica imitation firearms or BB guns have no place in society when used in criminal endeavors.'
Following the shooting, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson tweeted: 'It is nearly impossible to determine the authenticity of a real versus fake gun,'?
Dodd was taken to an area hospital and has been put under sedation. He is in a critical condition.
Police said no one else was injured. The mall closed early as police evacuated the remaining shoppers.?
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