An off-duty Dallas police officer shot a suspect Thursday night after the suspect shot a woman in the face, according to officials with the Dallas Police Department.
The incident reportedly began around 6:45 p.m. in east Oak Cliff, near 52nd Street and Veterans Drive.
The suspect, Ladarius Campbell, 20, drove up to a woman in her car. The two exchanged words before he shot her, police said.
An off-duty officer, Rueben Martinez, happened to be in the area for a family event and witnessed that shooting. Police say that Campbell then “engaged” Martinez, causing Martinez to shoot him.
Police would not elaborate specifically on how the Campbell engaged Martinez.
The female victim, who is said to be 30, was taken with injuries to Baylor Hospital, while the suspect was taken to Methodist Hospital.
As of Friday afternoon, Campbell was said to be in critical condition and the woman was in fair condition.
Martinez was not injured.
Once out of the hospital, Campbell will be arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Martinez has been a Dallas police officer for three years, based in the Southwest Division.
He’s not been interviewed about the shooting yet because of a new DPD policy that gives officers three days to decompress after a shooting.
Campbell’s family told FOX 4 that he had just left work when the shooting took place, but would not explain the relationship between him and the victim.
Dallas police officers have been involved in 14 shootings so far this year, and suspects died in seven of them.
Last year, there were 22 police shootings and six people died.
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