DALLAS — Two officers with the Dallas Police Department have been placed on administrative leave. Both were involved in the deadly shooting of a mentally ill man on Saturday afternoon.
The move is a department policy for whenever guns, bullets and victims are involved.
Saturday afternoon, the officers shot and killed 38-year old Jason Harrison. Witnesses told police Harrison was bipolar, schizophrenic and possibly off his medication. Harrison’s own mother placed a call to 911 for a help with her mentally ill son.
According to investigators, Harrison came out of his Oak Cliff home, armed with a screwdriver. When officers demanded Harrison to put down the weapon, Harrison reportedly lunged at the officers.
Guns were pulled, shots were fired, and Harrison died. Now, an investigation is underway.
This isn’t the first time a Dallas police officer has come under fire for shooting and killing a mentally ill man.
Last October, Bobby Bennett was killed outside his mother’s home. Bennett was armed with a knife and was originally charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.
However, a neighbor’s surveillance video showed Bennett never approached the officer, Cardan Spencer.
Spencer was stripped of his badge; he lost his job and was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.
The shooting prompted DPD to change its policies.