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Cautionary Tale: Even If Your Neighbors Are Victims of Crime, Don't Shoot at Detectives

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This is just in from the Dallas Police Department concerning a home invasion that occurred last night, not far from W.W. Samuell High School. Long story short: Even if you think the bad guys, who'd committed their crime dressed in police uniforms, have returned to the scene of the violent crime next door, it's never wise to come out of your house firing a handgun at the next car that pulls up, hours later. Here's the DPD narrative:

Dallas patrol officers responded to a call about a home invasion robbery in the 9400 block of Limestone Drive at about 8:20 p.m., Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Two residents had been in the home when three unidentified males broke through a locked glass door at the front of the home and forced them to the floor. One of the residents, a 23-year-old male, was struck by one of the suspects and sustained a laceration near the right eye. As the suspects left they took a small plasma television, Xbox console, and assorted personal identification documents belonging to the two victims. A female accomplice was outside waiting with the suspects' vehicle, a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Blazer, and the four then fled. The male victim was transported to Baylor Hospital for treatment. His injuries did not appear to be serious. The three male assailants wore clothing resembling police raid equipment with police logos. They also reportedly shouted that they were Dallas police as they entered.

The on-call robbery detective from Southeast Operations was called in to begin work on this case shortly thereafter. He visited the young male victim at the hospital and then, at about 11:45 p.m., drove to the offense location. As he drove up to the location a 27-year-old female came out of the house next door and into the yard. The detective, who saw her coming out of the house, reported that she then fired at least one round from a handgun at him, striking his unmarked police car in the passenger side door. The detective drove down the street, called and waited for back-up, and then returned to location. The shooter ... was located and the weapon recovered. She lives next door to, and is believed to be related to, the family that experienced the home invasion. During an interview she reported thinking that the officer was part of the group that had done the home invasion and that, fearing they were returning, fired at the detective. She was arrested and is in Lew Sterrett Justice Center for one count of Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony.

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