Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guns, drugs seized after Dallas officer killed suspect, police report - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Drugs, guns and nine cellphones were among the items seized from a small frame house in South Dallas near Fair Park where a fatal foot chase started Tuesday, Dallas police reported Wednesday.

James Harper, 31, was killed by police Officer Brian Rowden after Harper and three other men ran from the house as officers attempted to enter. Harper and Rowden jumped three fences, the last one into to a horse corral where Harper turned and began to fight Rowden, according to a news release."Suspect Harper made numerous statements to the effect that Officer Rowden was going to have to kill him," the news release stated.Rowden thought Harper had a gun. The officer was "overheated and exhausted, and fearing for his life" he shot Harper, police reported.The news release included a list of items seized from the house at 5316 Bourquin St. after a search warrant was executed. On the list was a 9 mm pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, marijuana, PCP, crack cocaine both inside and outside the residence, Xanex and hydrocodone. Also found were nine cellphones, digital scales and a partial drug ledger, and $437 was found in Harper's right front pants pocket.Harper, who was not armed, had a long arrest record, which Dallas police Chief David Brown read at a news conference Tuesday.Other officers arrested a second man as he attempted to jump a fence behind the residence. He was identified Wednesday as Arthur Dixon. Officer said two other men ran from the house with Harper and Dixon, but eluded police.Dixon "was interrogated and subsequently arrested for two alias tickets out of Dallas and for evading arrest," according to the release.Extra officers, some in riot gear, were called out Tuesday evening to calm a crowd that gathered after the shooting.Harper was black. Rowden is white.The department's special investigation unit, which investigates police shootings, was dispatched, Brown said. Findings will be turned over to the Dallas County district attorney's office, which will present the case to a grand jury to determine whether the shooting was justified.Brown said it appeared that Harper was shot in the stomach and a hand. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death will take six to eight weeks, police said Wednesday.Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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