Multiple police departments and federal police officers are investigating an incident that occurred this morning in the 2100 block of W Amherst Avenue near Harry Hines Blvd in northwest Dallas.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles, California Police Department were tracking a murder suspect who reportedly killed his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday, January 6th in California. The suspect, a 46-year-old man, was found to be staying with family in Irving.
Investigators tracked Flores from a location in Arlington all the way into Dallas. The Dallas Police Department’s Air-1 helicopter and ground units assisted in following the suspect to a neighborhood in the 2100 block of W Amherst Avenue.
When the suspect realized he was being followed by several police agencies, he parked his vehicle, got out, and shot himself. The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
The Dallas Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire at the New Light Church, located at 9314 Elam Road, at around 1:30am this morning. When firefighters arrived, they observed fire coming from the roof of the large church.
Firefighters began an interior attack of the fire, but it was already too advanced throughout the structure. A defensive posture was ordered and all firefighters had to exit the building due to extreme conditions.
The church was closed at the time of the fire. Thankfully, no injuries were reported to civilians or fire personnel. The church has sustained significant damage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
“Although this is an unfortunate situation, we have continued thanks to our Lord and Savior that no lives were lost. We’re bent but not broken!” a statement on the church’s Facebook page reads.
At around 12:54am this morning, Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighters were called to a condominium on fire at 9819 Walnut Street. First arriving units found fire and smoke showing from the three-story building.
Due to a combination of structure fire and weather conditions, the fire escalated to four alarms, bringing approximately 100 firefighters to the scene. The fire was declared under control at around 2:30am.
Fire investigators have determined the fire was accidental in nature. They believe an apartment resident on the third floor was using his kitchen oven as a heating device. The oven caught items on fire in the kitchen. An orange glow awoke the resident of the condo to the fire. He was able to get out, but sustained burn injuries in the process. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but later released.
There were no other injuries to residents or firefighters during the fire.
The Arlington Police Department is investigating a random gunfire incident that occurred overnight in a quiet north Arlington neighborhood.
Joyce Atayde was at her home in the area of Interstate 30 and NW Green Oaks Blvd around 1:00am when her young daughter reported hearing a loud boom in her bedroom. Joyce and her husband originally thought it was a tree branch falling on the roof, but when they went into their daughter’s bedroom, they found a bullet had impacted the window and lodged itself into the carpet.
Thankfully, their daughter was in bed at the time. The bullet landed where Joyce’s daughter sits and reads her books.
The Ataydes called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to Arlington police, but their officers were busy working several shooting calls, including two that were fatal. An officer came out earlier this morning to take evidence and write a report on the incident.
“My daughter doesn’t want to sleep in her bedroom anymore,” said Joyce. The incident has traumatized the family.
Arlington police told her the chances of catching the person responsible are slim to none.
Celebratory and random gunfire is a Class A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas. It is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. If caught, a charge of Deadly Conduct could cost you $10,000 and jail time. Remember: what does up must come down. Do not celebrate New Year’s Eve, July 4th, or any holiday with celebratory gunfire. It could cost the life of an innocent person.
At around 3:00pm this afternoon, an Arlington police officer located a stolen vehicle in the 3800 block of South Cooper Street near Arbrook Blvd. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off and officers initiated a pursuit.
The pursuit continued a short distance when the driver crashed into another vehicle near the 4300 block of South Bowen Road at Interstate 20.
The driver was quickly arrested and booked on multiple charges, including Evading Arrest Detention with a Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, and Abandoning / Endangerment of a Child.
The innocent driver was not seriously hurt in the crash. Two people were transported to area hospitals as a precaution.
The Frisco Police Department has taken an individual into custody following a barricaded person incident this afternoon.
Just before 1:00pm this afternoon, Frisco police officers were dispatched to a disturbance at 4949 Printers Way after a 9-1-1 hang up call. Dispatch reportedly heard a woman crying, advising she was locked in a closet and a man was not letting her leave.
The woman was able to exit the apartment, but police engaged in a standoff with an armed man inside the apartment.
A tactical team was called in to assist in apprehending the suspect. They took him into custody late this afternoon.
At this time, Frisco police are not releasing any additional information.
The Arlington Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late this afternoon at the Blakely Apartment Homes, 1500 Summer Bay Circle.
At around 4:50pm today, the Arlington PD was called to a shooting at the apartment complex. When officers arrived, they located two people with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were transported from the crime scene to a local hospital in stable condition.
Witnesses reported seeing three suspects run away after the shooting occurred.
Arlington PD has maintained a presence at the apartment complex for most of the evening while they investigate the scene. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.
UPDATE: One of the victims has died at the hospital. He has been identified as a 25-year-old man from Arlington.
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The McKinney Fire Department rescued a resident from her burning home early Sunday morning after she ran back inside to get her cell phone.
McKinney firefighters were called to a two-story home in the 6300 block of Avalon Woods Drive early yesterday morning after a fire was reported at the house. The resident was able to get everyone out of the house, but ran back inside to get her cell phone. Unfortunately, she was unable to get back outside and had to retreat to the roof.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to rescue her from the roof.
Two people were treated for burns and smoke inhalation injuries. They are expected to be OK.
“If a fire breaks out in your home, you have just a few minutes to get out safely,” said McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith. “Close doors as you leave and don’t go back inside for any reason.”
An American Airlines airplane suffered a minor steering issue this morning, causing the plane to steer off the taxiway and into the grassy median at the Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport.
A statement from American Airlines says Flight 3431, which had just landed from Manhattan, Kansas, successfully landed at DFW Airport and was in the process of taxiing to the gate, when a steering issue occurred. This issue caused the plane to leave the pavement.
An emergency response from the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety was dispatched, but all was found to be OK.
There were no injuries on board the aircraft. A line of buses carried passengers from the plane to their gate.
American Airlines’ maintenance team is inspecting the airplane to evaluate the issue. Envoy Air is the operator.
A Plano police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound and a suspect is deceased following an extended barricaded person incident in Plano this morning and afternoon.
Around 11:00am this morning, a 9-1-1 call came into Plano Police from an individual who was suicidal. Multiple officers were sent to the apartment complex in the 6400 block of Ohio Drive to check on the individual.
As one officer was driving up to the apartment complex, the suspect, who had exited his apartment, fired one shot in the direction of the officer’s police car. The bullet hit the officer in the arm. The suspect then retreated back into the apartment complex.
The Plano police officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The department’s crisis responsive unit was called to the scene to assist in talking the suspect towards a peaceful surrender. Unfortunately during the standoff, the suspect shot himself. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased.
Ohio Drive was closed in all directions while police were in standoff with the suspect. All traffic is now open.