Kelvion Walker says he didn't know he was sitting in a stolen car on December 9. He'd just hopped in the passenger seat of the Chevrolet Malibu driven by 19-year-old Reginald Robertson, whom he describes as a close friend.
It came as a surprise, then, when Robertson bailed out of the driver's seat as the car crept through the parking lot of the St. Augustine Townhomes. Doubly so when the Dallas police officer who was attempting to pull them over, identified as senior corporal Amy Wilbur, shot Walker as he sat there with his hands up.
"I see the lady get out of the car. She walks past. She has the gun out. She's walking towards my friend that ran, and just so happened she looked at me," Walker told Fox 4 from his hospital bed. "Soon as she looked at me, she shot. She didn't say nothing, and then I just started screaming, 'What you shoot me for?' And then she was like, 'I'm sorry. I didn't try to,' and stuff like that. And I just remember passing out."
The car had been stolen at gunpoint about an hour earlier from a southern Dallas gas station. Police located the vehicle parked in a lot in the 9500 block of Military Parkway using data from its GPS device, then positioned undercover officers to watch. When they spotted Robertson and Walker get into the car, they radioed for patrol officers to perform a traffic stop.
Walker is recovering from the shooting after what The Dallas Morning News describes as "several surgeries to repair stomach and intestinal injuries."
Wilbur, who reportedly perceived Walker to be an imminent threat, is on administrative leave while DPD conducts an internal affairs investigation. She is one of the first officers to be subject to a new DPD policy that allows officers involved in shootings three days before they have to answer questions.
A witness, the manager of the St. Augustine Townhomes, came forward early in the investigation and confirmed Walker's claim that he had his hands in the air when Wilbur fired.
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"It's just something I learned growing up," Walker told the DMN. "Hands up. Don't move."
Robertson and two 15-year-olds were arrested on Monday and charged with a carjacking that occurred on December 8, the day before the Malibu was stolen. Police say the investigation into Walker and Robertson's involvement in the Malibu carjacking is ongoing.
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