Dallas Cop Shoots Son After Mistaking Him For Intruder

A Dallas police officer shot his adult son after mistaking him for an intruder in his home on Saturday night.

DeSoto, TX – An off-duty Dallas police officer mistook his own son for an intruder on Saturday night and shot him.

"It was a mistake," DeSoto Police Detective Pete Schulte told reporters after the incident. "It was a startling situation. It was an accident."

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Dallas police officer’s home in the 1400-block of Carriage Creek Drive, KXAS reported.

Det. Schulte said the officer returned to his home in the Dallas suburb of Desoto and discovered his garage door was open and that several doors that had been unlocked when he left the house had been locked, USA Today reported.

"It caused him to have some concern that there's something in the house. Then things happened very quickly," Det. Schulte said.

The detective said the off-duty Dallas officer told responding officers that he wanted to check the house out himself before calling 911 so that he didn’t “waste” a phone call to 911, USA Today reported.

The officer, who was described as a long-term veteran of the Dallas Police Department, encountered his son inside the home, and mistakenly believing that he was an intruder, opened fire and shot him in the arm.

Det. Schulte said police didn’t fault the officer for not calling 911 before he checked his house, but also insisted that they don’t wouldn’t consider the call a waste of time, USA Today reported.

"If you come home and something doesn't feel right, doesn't bother us at all. Go ahead and call 911 so we can come out and check it out," the detective said.

The son, who police said was in his 20s, was transported to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, USA Today reported.

The officer was not expected to be charged in the incident.

"This just happens to be one of those situations where accidents do happen," Det. Schulte said.

Desoto police have not released the name of the officer or his son, according to KXAS.

The Dallas Police Department told USA Today in an email that its Internal Affairs Division was investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“...It was an accident...” yes, well we’re operating on the assumption that you didn’t attempt to kill your son over him drinking the last beer. “...didn’t want to waste a phone call...” and like...bring everyone out from work?!... Yeah, that didn’t really work out. Whoa...I just imagined the phone call with his wife to showcase the evenings events. Bro, you’re gonna be sleeping on the coach 20 years after you die! Imagine Thanksgiving! Oh man ......

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

The biggest issue I have is one of the first things when it comes to owning a firearm is making sure you have a positive ID on the target.

Judid292
Judid292

That’s a family story for generations to come. Glad it was non fatal.

Trefflek
Trefflek

I’m curious if his kid lived at home or just came by? Why wouldn’t he shout out police who’s in the house? It’s 6pm And daylight out not the middle of the night. Didn’t say he pointed anything at the cop. I sure wouldn’t want that cop showing up at my house might shoot my kid. Crazy!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

There's a lot missing from this story. It would be nice to be able to read an article without having a hundred questions.

Raymelson
Raymelson

To many questions here to make a good comment

bryantrent
bryantrent

It was a accident

Gramercy
Gramercy

Always call 911...if your life is not directly in danger.....and you can!

bwardjr
bwardjr

6pm, it's still light out. If he announced himself as a peace officer wouldn't his son know to answer him back, "dad"...

bob95648
bob95648

Was he sexting his partner? Had he just worked a double shift and was tired? What's up with these Dallas Cops?

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

We had an incident with a professional team of cops who had surrounded our house. My husband happened to have the same name as the perp. We had been getting phone calls for at least a year from collection agencies and would explain the situation. Two of the cops knocked on our door while an entire team surrounded our house. When they saw my husband they knew immediately he wasn’t the guy. Wrong race. None of this shoot first ask questions later bull.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

If he had called 911, this could have been even worse. Hopefully the son would have responded appropriately to the entering officers and all would be good. Double edged sword here but he should have called 911 and if he wanted to go in and check, he would at least have someone coming if the SHTF!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

If his Son was there, not living there - was there a car or bike in the driveway? This is an odd one and thankful his kid wasn't killed but Dad should have called 911 or at the least yelled out "police'. It would have saved his son from being shot. Didn't he see/look for his face, tell him to turn around, get on the ground?????????? Weird.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

If the kid was wearing earbuds, listening to what ever, he wouldn’t hear if his Dad did call out. And at this time of year it can be twilight around 6PM.

At work, Dad can legitimately feel like he has a target on his back all during his shift. How do you turn off that mindset when you walk into your home/sanctuary and discover an unexpected intruder?

All that being said, if you are holding the power of life and death in your hands—your life or someone else’s—know what you’re shooting at.

Thankful everyone lived in this scenario. God bless our LEOs for what they do.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I wonder if better firearms regulations would have prevented this senseless shooting form occurring.. .there you go @Burgers Allday I asked your stupid question for you. And the answer is no

Kevcali
Kevcali

What's with these Dallas LEOs. At least this one knows it was his own house! And suspicious that unlocked doors got locked? That's usually the other way around, isn't it? He leaves his house unlocked? That's suspicious!

freddyb
freddyb

"Son, is that you?!" "Hey Dad." Done.

  • or -

"Son, is that you?!" "..." Call 911

RETDEP170PCSO
RETDEP170PCSO

It is wonderful to see how we have so many "Monday morning quarterbacks" out there who can say how they would have handled a situation so differently. I only wish some of these fine people would go and begin the selection process at one of the many departments that are working hard to gain new officers in the wake of the attacks on Police Officers by not only our citizen groups but also our wonderful Politicians.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Yeah I'm not convinced it was an accident. Dropping an egg on the floor is an accident. Pulling out your gun and pointing it at an individual, then pulling the trigger is no accident. I think his kid should sue him for pain and suffering. Plus he should have been charged for discharging his weapon in such a reckless manner. There are so many clues that don't make sense. The first is looking for breakin damage on the "unlocked" doors. Why would an intruder unlock a door? If the intruder was professional enough to pick the lock, then relocking the door would be standard operating procedure.

Beaty1924
Beaty1924

So explain what the difference is in the shooting of Amber Guyger & this one?? She’s a better shooter than this guy. Neither one identified they were POLICE??? She’s in prison & this is an accident!

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Another example of a quick to shoot cop and no accountability will apply.