… and the guy who got shot was innocent of any crime. Lyndo Jones was breaking into his own truck when confronted by a “hero” – who within 10 seconds of arriving shot Jones and then – when Jones “resisted” the “hero’s” attempts to probe his anus, shot him again.
Six days after a Mesquite police officer shot him, Lyndo Jones has been released from Baylor Hospital after being shot in the stomach and back.
His family and his attorneys are questioning why the unarmed Jones was shot last Wednesday when police responded to a possible car burglary in the 1300 block of South Town East Boulevard. It turns out the truck Jones was in belonged to him, and his car alarm was malfunctioning.
“That truck was his. How can you burglarize your own car?” said his attorney Justin Moore.
Law enforcement sources also said there are significant concerns about the officer-involved shooting.
Jones, 31, is in critical but stable condition in the hospital. Earlier, he was handcuffed to his bed and was being guarded by sheriff’s deputies because Mesquite police have filed a charge of evading arrest, a Class B misdemeanor. They have since dropped the charge, hours after police said he faced charges.
Mesquite police also identified the officer who shot him as Derick Wiley. He is a 10-year-veteran of the department. He is on paid administrative leave and will soon be interviewed by criminal investigators.
The police shooting is being investigated by Mesquite police and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
“He didn’t deserve what happened to him at all,” said Tierra Burns, the mother of one of his two children. “For somebody to do something like that to him for no reason, it’s hurtful.”
Mesquite police answered questions about the shooting on Tuesday, but released no new details about why or how it happened.
Lt. Brian Parrish, a police spokesman, said officers were responded to the report of a possible burglary. When the officer arrived on the scene, he made contact with the individual in the truck.
“An altercation, a scuffle began and the individual ended up being shot,” said Parrish.
Parrish said Jones was being detained because police were investigating a possible car burglary. They said Jones tried to run and that’s why he’s charged with misdemeanor evading arrest. He said it took three officers to subdue Jones.
“He was actively trying to stand up and get out of the area,” said Parrish.
Jones’ attorneys met with him twice in recent days. They contend the shooting was not justified. They are demanding to see dash cam and body cam video from the incident.
“Within 10 seconds of their arrival, he had been shot it the stomach,” said Lee Merritt, another of Jones’ attorneys. “While on the street suffering from his wound, officers attempted to perform a cavity search and he reacted to that, and he was shot a second time in this back.”
His attorneys are angry that Mesquite police issued a statement last week that never mentioned that the truck actually belonged to Jones.
“That was not a mistake,” Merritt said. “That was an intentional misrepresentation to the public.”
They also were furious because Mesquite police investigators interviewed Jones on Tuesday about the shooting without them being present. They said his constitutional rights to counsel were violated.
Moore was escorted out of the hospital “forcibly” by hospital security after he arrived at the hospital and tried to stop the interview, he said.
Parrish said investigators did nothing wrong and Tuesday was the first time they were able to interview Jones.
“When my investigators spoke to this individual in the hospital today, it was consensual, and it was in reference to him being shot,” Parrish said. “It was not in reference to any offense that he may or may not have been responsible for.”
Moore and Merritt said they are now seeking to get the Dallas County District Attorney’s office to drop the charges against their client.
Moore said Jones’ condition is steadily improving.
“He’s thankful to be alive,” he said. “A lot of these cases don’t end up to where the person that was shot is still living.”
None of Jones’ family has been allowed to see him. Sheriff officials said he is a prisoner, and it would be a security risk to allow family into his hospital room.
“We have a child together, and she hasn’t seen her in a whole week and he loves his daughter,” Burns said through tears. “He’s always loved his daughter.”
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The cop has been fired, and acquitted.
This at least nine different kinds of weird. The cop comes up on the guy and shoots him within ten seconds, then he gets another cop to help him stick his fingers up the guy’s ass? I hate to have to say it, but this cop got issues.
Unfortunately, it’s not weird – it’s procedure.
“heroes” now routinely resort to lethal force on the flimsiest pretexts; their victims barely have time to grasp that their life is about to end jus before it does.
I hate to have to say this, but: People should avoid cops at all costs and when forced to deal with one, assume they are in mortal peril. It will get to the point that people respond defensively – and as immediately as “heroes” do.
For our “safety.”
If it’s routine to shoot a guy, then handcuff him and them start digging around in his butt, then that’s at least nine different kinds of weird to me. Anyway, you’re right; everybody should avoid cops as much as possible.
Being a cop is a mental disorder like being a libtard or conservatard. They have to have their own bars to drink in lest they end up assaulting their fellow drinkers. They don’t fit in with the neighbors in the neighborhoods where they live. They do things for reasons that wouldn’t even occur to normal people, and the excuses they make for their behavior are as damning as any confession would be.
I still don’t get why they had to do a cavity search on the guy they’d just shot, but then I’m not a cop and would probably never understand even if they explained it.
Who was the asshole who called 911? I hear a car alarm go off I just ignore it. I see someone working on a car with the car alarm going off and I laugh.
Unless you live in 1980s New Jersey car thieves setting off car alarms is pretty rare. As is car theft in general these days, unless you count smash-and-grab for valuables. And what idiot thief would try to disable the car alarm instead of just running away? Only someone like the owner or a repo man would bother trying to disable it. So don’t do anyone any favors by calling the cops if you happen across this scene.
What gets me is the idea so many people have in their brains, that police don’t commit crimes. Or if they at least admit it could happen, that its rare. It’s not rare, in fact its quite common.
Here in my county (lake county Indiana), we had our own local fast and furious (gun running) going down. Five convicted county heroes. Included machine guns and other automatic weapons that are denied us mundanes.
In this case, they could only commit this crime BECAUSE they were police.
This is in ADDITION, to the following county heroes in trouble for various crimes. The former chief (who wouldn’t resign when indicted and had to be fired) is on trial for corruption. The second in command was also indicted, but turned “states evidence” to save his own a** from a long sentence. There is another hero on trial for a rape. And there is another hero was convicted of drunk driving that resulted in a serious injury for the person he ran over with his taxpayer owned car.
This is one county. And these are just the caught ones.
Indeed. I would add that the entire enterprise of copping has become criminal; that whatever legitimate services they provide are purely incidental at this point. The majority of their work involves harassing and collecting (and caging) people who’ve caused no harm to anyone else or their property and who are therefore innocent of any crime – properly speaking. It is the cops, therefore, who are the criminals.
A “good cop” is like a “good Nazi.”