An unarmed man was shot and killed by Dallas police early Sunday morning after he asked people in the 3100 block of West Davis Street in west Oak Cliff to call the police for him.
The 911 call came at 5:58 a.m. and indicated that the man had a firearm, police said.
The man, identified as 32-year-old Tony Menchaca, acted erratically when approached by officers. The street was closed to traffic, and a SWAT team was called during a one-hour standoff.
As the team was assembling, Menchaca made “gestures that the officers deemed threatening, and five officers fired on him” at about 7:20 a.m., said Lt. C.L. Williams, a police spokesman. Menchaca was struck several times and died.
An investigation showed that Menchaca was not armed.
Williams said the department has launched criminal and administrative investigations of the incident.
This is the second time in as many weeks that Dallas police have fatally wounded an unarmed man.
On Oct. 29, a sergeant and four officers on foot patrol in the Cedar Garden apartments in east Oak Cliff came upon Tobias Arthur Mackey, 25.
They said Mackey concealed his hands and ignored officers’ instructions to show them, then made sudden movements. One of the officers fired at Mackey several times, killing him and wounding an 11-year-old boy who happened on the scene.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown last week promised a full investigation into Mackey’s shooting. Some have alleged that race was a factor in the killing. Mackey was black and the officer who shot him is white.