Tuesday was a wild night in Far North Dallas. Two unrelated shootings went down, and both involved officers hanging onto the hoods of moving cars.
According to police, the first incident happened around 10:50 p.m. inside a Jack-n-the-Box at the southeast corner of Frankford and the Dallas North Tollway.
Officers, dressed in civilian clothes, confronted a woman about an outstanding warrant for tampering with a government document. As they were about to take her into custody, she got into her car to flee. One officer tried to stop her and ended up hanging from the vehicle as she sped away. He was able to get off safely after a short distance, but then, the suspect began speeding toward another officer who, in self defense, fired a round toward the car. The woman drove off and got away. Later, police found the vehicle in the 4300 block of Rosemeade. The suspect is still at large.
About 10 minutes later, a patrol officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked down at Valley View Park with someone asleep inside. After running the plates, the officer discovered the car was stolen. He called for backup, and the two officers approached the vehicle, commanding the suspect to come out.
Instead, the suspect tried to drive off with an officer clinging to the hood. When the officer freed himself, the suspect turned the car around and sped toward both officers who began to fire in self defense. The short stand-off ended when the suspect crashed into a tree. He was arrested, taken to Parkland Hospital for minor injuries and is now being questioned by detectives.
Update: Police identified the suspect at Valley View Park as Ismail Abdulkarim, 33. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and with the “unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.” Police have corrected the initial report – the officer was never actually on the hood of the car while Abdulkarim was trying to drive off.
The female suspect in the first incident has been arrested and is being interviewed by police. Her name has not yet been released.