Officers began pursuing Christopher McGrew after one saw a suspicious circumstance in the parking lot of a business at South Great Southwest parkway and West Marshall Drive. The department did not specify what that suspicious circumstance was.
The officer at that time tried to arrest McGrew, but McGrew got into his vehicle and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, officers saw McGrew place what appeared to be a firearm out of the window multiple times, police said.
During the chase, McGrew abandoned the vehicle in the 2100 block of Bardin Road. Police chased him for about 200 yards, at which point McGrew allegedly pointed what appeared to be a shotgun at the officers, the department said.
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Officers fired their weapons and hit McGrew. They rendered life-saving aid and McGrew was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
After the shooting, police realized the shotgun McGrew pointed at them was a replica, the department said.
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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A man was shot by Grand Prairie officers after leading them on a chase Sunday morning and then pointing a gun — that turned out to be a replica — at them, police say.
According to police, an officer saw suspicious behavior in a parking lot at South Great Southwest Parkway and West Marshall Drive at around 1:40 a.m. As the officer tried to detain Christopher McGrew, the 39-year-old fled in his vehicle and a chase ensued.
Police say, during the chase, McGrew waved what appeared to be a firearm out of his window multiple times. He then abandoned his vehicle in the 2100 block of Bardin Road and tried to flee officers on foot.
McGrew then pointed what appeared to be a shotgun at the pursuing officers. The officers feared for their lives and shot the 39-year-old.
McGrew will be charged with evading arrest and for an unrelated warrant for marijuana possession in Rockwall County. Additional charges in Grand Prairie are pending, as well.