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Police Involved Shooting at Parks Mall in Arlington


Scene at Parks Mall

Arlington, Texas. November 28, 2017

The Arlington Police Department responded to a theft investigation around 4:21 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Sunglass Hut located inside the Parks at Arlington Mall. Two uniformed Arlington Police officers initially responded to the call. Mall security staff reported on a two-way radio that they were following the male suspect who had stolen two pairs of sunglasses. 

One uniformed officer remained on the upper deck of the mall while the second uniformed officer was on the lower deck. The male suspect attempted to flee from security and ran towards an escalator to go from the lower deck to the upper deck near the food court. The suspect pulled an imitation replica firearm from his waistband and pointed it at the police officer on the lower deck. This officer discharged his firearm at the suspect striking him. 

The suspect, a man in his early 20’s, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No officers or innocent bystanders were injured during this incident. Investigators recovered a replica firearm that discharges “BB’s” or pellets from the suspect. 

The Parks at Arlington Mall was evacuated during the incident and will remain closed through Sunday night. The photograph attached to this story depicts the suspect raising his imitation replica firearm and pointing it at the officer while on the escalator prior to the shooting. 


The Arlington Police Department identified the suspect in the incident from yesterday as 21-year old William Paul Dodd. Mr. Dodd is a known offender in Arlington and a convicted felon. The department is releasing Dodd’s most recent booking photograph in addition to two 9-1-1 audio transcripts from a call Dodd made on Sunday, November 26, 2017 around 3:11 p.m. The first 9-1-1 call was initiated from Dodd reporting that he was involved in a vehicle pursuit with Arlington officers on Friday, November 24, 2017. Dodd said at one point during the initial call, “I know Arlington is looking for me but I got a gun so if y’all pull me over, I’m gonna shoot, so just be ready.” Dodd reported that he was at Stovall Park and sounded incoherent on the call. 

The second 9-1-1 call was initiated from the dispatcher back to the caller who had disconnected. In the second call to Dodd, he reported that he had a gun on his person and he would shoot police. The dispatcher attempted to get identifying information and a good location for officers. In the recording, the department redacted Dodd’s date of birth. Dodd had an active warrant for his arrest for Making a False Report to a Police Officer from an incident on September 23, 2017 where he falsely reported he had been shot in a drive-by shooting. 

The department had patrol officers respond to Stovall Park and search the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Officers cleared the call around 4:00 p.m.

The department determined that Dodd is also a suspect that evaded officers in a vehicle on Friday, November 24, 2017 around 2:10 p.m. A uniformed officer attempted to stop Dodd for a traffic violation near Bowen and Sublett but he took off. The vehicle pursuit was terminated and the case remains under investigation. 

Fingerprint identification came back today which revealed his true identity. Investigators are working with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to file the appropriate charge.

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