Dallas (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police released body camera footage on Thursday showing officers warning an armed suspect several times early Wednesday before the standoff ended in a hail of bullets.
Officer Brandy Walling was slightly injured. The suspect, now identified as 64-year-old Daryl Hebbard, later died at a local hospital.
“This is not our intended result,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference to release body camera footage from all three officers who responded.
Garcia described the cameras as one of the “best things to happen to law enforcement” in a career spanning more than 30 years.
“I can come over here and tell you all day long how terrifying this situation was, right? You wouldn’t feel seeing the reaction of those officers facing a gunman in a gunfight,” Garcia said.
Officers were called to block 10300 of Shiloh Road just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving several 911 calls that a man had a gun.
Walling was the first to appear on the scene. Her body cam caught her screaming at least 30 commands to Hebbard to lay down his gun while he appeared to be standing near the curb in front of his house.
This officer—her voice became even sharper—even warned Hibbard, “I’ll shoot you.” After about a minute and a half of these orders, the exchange ended with a hail of gunfire.
And while the body camera shows officers in the line of fire – two patrol vehicles were shot – the video can’t answer the burning question of why Hebbard refused to drop his weapon.
“I have no idea,” Garcia said in response to a reporter’s question. “We need to try to get more history about this person, and what he was thinking. But at this point, we don’t know why he didn’t or why he started shooting my officers.”
As multiple investigations continue to follow for answers, Garcia said they are exploring potential mental health issues. According to Garcia, more weapons were found hidden in Hibbard’s balcony. Even after he was wounded, Garcia said Hebbard continued to point his gun at the officers.
“It gives you that sense of what they face every day… the dangers of this honorable profession,” Garcia said.