Eviction Attempt Leads to Gunfire, Victory Park Lockdown in Dallas

Eviction Attempt Leads to Gunfire, Victory Park Lockdown in Dallas

Staff Report



Dallas police say a person is in custody after shots were fired inside an apartment high-rise Tuesday morning, triggering the closure of busy Downtown Dallas streets and the lockdown of nearby schools and businesses near Victory Park.

Police were called to The Vista Apartments on the 2300 block of Houston Street at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after an apartment manager said a resident fired a gun after receiving an eviction notice.

Dallas SWAT secured the scene and began trying to encourage the barricaded person to surrender. Sources told The Dallas Morning News that the man in his 30s and may have been arrested before.

Police said a flash-bang device was used at 12:03 p.m. to attempt to "distract and disorient a suspect" in the apartment. At that time, DPD said the situation was "contained, but ongoing."

At 12:43, gas was deployed inside the barricaded person's apartment and was seen billowing from a window of the apartment. The man could be seen opening a door, trying to dissipate the gas deployed on the balcony.

Shortly thereafter, Dallas SWAT took the man into custody inside the apartment. No injuries were reported.

After the man was taken into custody, Sgt. Warren Mitchell, with the Dallas Police Department, revealed no further details of the incident but said an update would be provided later in the day.

The man's apartment building is next to the W Hotel and near the American Airlines Center and several other Victory Park attractions.

The Dallas World Aquarium, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Lunar Prep Academy and the W Hotel were on lockdown due to the situation. Booker T. Washington High School was under a "shelter in place" order by the school district. Streets around Victory Park were closed, including Olive Street, Museum Way, High Market Street and Victory Park Lane.

The lockdowns forced school children on field trips to the Perot Museum and Dallas World Aquarium to stay inside. After the man was taken into custody, the lock downs were lifted.