Early this afternoon, my wife called from the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Harvest Hill and asked: What's up with all the police cars? I told her what I knew at the time, via Dallas Police media bulletins: A man had attempted to rob a bank in the area, but following a brief chase, he pulled into a parking lot and appeared to commit suicide.
At 4:14 p.m., DPD sent a more detailed account, which read, in part:
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This morning around 11:30 a.m., officers received a suspicious person call at 5310 Harvest Hill in the apartment complex. Plainclothes officers located the suspect and began watching him. He was seen attempting to enter the Sterling Bank at 5006 Verde Valley Lane. This same bank had an attempted robbery last Friday where a suspicious person dressed in dark clothing attempted to enter the bank. They were able to lock the doors and prevent him from entering. He left the location.
Today the same thing happens where the suspect, dressed in all black approaches the bank and attempts to enter. The employees see this take place and once again lock the door to prevent him from getting in. He returns to his vehicle and fled the location. Uniformed officers were called in by the plainclothes officers to perform a traffic stop. The suspect, fled from the officers and a short chase ensued. The suspect pulled into a business parking lot at The Dallas Tollway and Harvest Hill. He appeared to be surrendering but then produced a gun and shot himself. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Crimes Against Persons Special Investigations Unit is handling the case.
At the time, DPD released the name of the 36-year-old man. But moments ago, the department issued the following addendum:
The deceased in the case ... is the brother of a Dallas police officer. The deceased used his brother's service weapon to kill himself. Because the officer works in an undercover capacity his name is being withheld.
Updates as they arrive.