John Husband, 21, Was Shot in the Back by Dallas Police in Oak Cliff Over the Weekend
Update at 2:36 p.m.:Police have posted a more detailed account of the shooting on their Facebook page:
On June 2, 2012 John Robert Husband, 02/12/1991, was observed by Dallas Police Officer Leland Limbaugh #10051 driving into the Spring Ridge Apartments at 3600 Folklore Trail without signaling his intent to turn. Two occupants were in the vehicle with suspect Husband. Officer Limbaugh conducted a traffic stop and as he approached, he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. When asked if there were guns or weapons in the vehicle, suspect Husband replied there were not.
Officer Limbaugh requested suspect Husband step out of the vehicle. It was the officer's intent to pat down suspect Husband to check for weapons. As suspect Husband stepped out of the vehicle and was turning his back to the officer to be patted down, Officer Limbaugh observed the handle of a handgun in Husband's waistband. Officer Limbaugh grabbed suspect Husband's hands, attempted to place them behind his back and told Husband not to grab for the gun. Suspect Husband ignored the officer's commands and began to struggle with the officer, eventually freeing his right hand and reached for the gun in his waistband. Officer Limbaugh, fearing for his life, fired one shot with his left hand that struck suspect Husband near the left shoulder blade. Suspect Husband staggered and fell to the ground and the officer then took the suspect's weapon, a fully loaded .40 caliber handgun, and placed it on the hood of the police vehicle while waiting for backup officers to arrive. When the backup officers arrived, the two additional occupants of the suspect vehicle were removed and suspect Husband was handcuffed.
Suspect Husband was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The handgun he had in his possession had been reported lost to the Plano Police Department. Marijuana was recovered from suspect Husband's person. The additional occupants of the vehicle are identified as Xavier Bryant 09/27/1989 and Derrick Epps 12/07/1985. They were interviewed by detectives and released. Officer Limbaugh's car was not equipped with a video camera. Approximately 92% of all patrol vehicles are equipped with dash cameras. Officer Limbaugh is currently on special assignment.
The Dallas Police Department Special Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating officer involved shootings. They have already interviewed witnesses to the incident, as well as the involved parties. They will also interview any additional witnesses, review physical evidence and results from the Medical Examiner in order to develop findings for the District Attorney to present to a Dallas County Grand Jury. This process is observed in all cases of police officer involved shootings to allow for the impartial arbitration of facts. Any eyewitnesses to the incident are encouraged to call the Special Investigations Unit at (214) 671-3664.
Original post: Police were unusually quiet about an officer-involved shooting that killed 21-year-old John Robert Husband on Saturday during a traffic stop in Oak Cliff.
A police spokesman first alerted the media to the shooting a bit before 6 p.m. Saturday. An hour-and-a-half later, he passed along a cursory summary of what happened:
Dallas officer made a traffic stop in the 3600 block of Folklore. There he encountered a suspect who was armed. The officer fired his weapon in self defense striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Charlton Methodist where his condition is unknown. We are in the very early stages of this investigation and it is unlikely anymore information will be release soon. As I receive updates I will pass them on to you.
A pair of later emails identified the victim and said he had died at the hospital.
A possible reason for DPD's reticence emerged after it came to light that, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner, Husband was shot in the back.
DPD still isn't saying much, but it announced a few minutes ago that it would release more information in the next few hours. We'll keep you posted.
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