Christopher Jones was lurking behind a dumpster at a FedEx Kinkos at Skillman and LBJ around 2 this morning when, according to Dallas PD, a police cruiser pulled to a stop nearby.
The officers inside, Kyle Tholl and Erik Vasquez, were on routine patrol when they spotted spotted two men in the middle of what seemed to be a drug deal in the print shop parking lot. They got out, and officer Vasquez began talking with the suspected drug dealers.
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Meanwhile, officer Tholl had spotted Jones, who had emerged from the dumpster some 20 yards away with a coat draped over his shoulders and his hands at his front waistband. When he saw Jones pull out a gun, Tholl unholstered his own and yelled at the 21-year-old to drop the weapon.
Instead, police say, Jones raised the barrel toward Tholl. Tholl fired first, narrowly missing Jones but prompting the 21-year-old to fall to the ground yelling "It's a BB gun! It's a BB gun!"
And it was, albeit one that "closely resembled a 9 mm handgun," according to police.
Jones was arrested and taken to Lew Sterrett on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant. That's a first degree felony, which means Jones will get five to 99 years in prison if convicted.