After an On-Camera Arrest in the Dallas Firehouse Shooting, Fox 4 Swears it Wasn't Tipped Off

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"There's nothing happening here right now, because it's the middle of the night, but I'm standing here anyway. No one is quite sure why. Back to you."
Those lucky Dallasites who tuned in to KDFW Fox 4's 9 p.m. news last night got a little something extra, but it wasn't the exclusive -- and entirely banal -- footage of Dallas police arresting a Dallas firefighter at his home. It was the tap-dance routine that followed (and which you'll find in the video below.)

Our tale begins last week, 9 a.m. on March 8, when, according to a police report, firefighter-paramedic Jesus Ventura walked into Fire Station #45, near West Commerce and Sylvan, with a holstered semi-automatic pistol. Things then got serious, the report alleges: Ventura unholstered the gun and started waving it around, pointing it at firefighter Jeff Dean, who filed the police report, and others. "In a reckless manner," the report reads -- like there's another way to wave around a gun in a firehouse.

At this point the firefighters and witnesses moved "behind" Ventura. Then the gun went off. The others moved in to take the gun. By the time police were dispatched to the station at 4:30 that afternoon, Ventura must have been gone, because it wasn't until yesterday that they arrested him.

It's the mechanics of that arrest where things get weird. Around 4 p.m. yesterday, the fire department issued a statement saying that Ventura was on leave. Around the same time, a team of Dallas police officers arrived at Ventura's home to arrest him. And James Rose, a reporter from Fox 4, happened to be on the scene with a cameraman.

According to Rose's report, he was preparing to door-knock Ventura's last known address when an unmarked car pulled up. An officer emerged and told Rose he was in the midst of a police operation. So Rose and his cameraman stepped aside and watched police go to work.

But DPD officials appear skeptical about Rose's version. They've launched an internal-affairs investigation into why "several officers from the Southwest Patrol Division executed the warrant for firefighter Ventura's arrest while a separate operation by the Dallas Police Public Integrity Unit was ongoing to affect his voluntary surrender."

A statement from DPD goes on:

Their execution of the warrant also appears to have occurred concurrently with the arrival of a singular media outlet at the scene. The department is initiating an Internal Affairs investigation focusing on the decision made by the officers' supervisor to allow the operation to occur.

And that singular media outlet went to great lengths last night to make it clear they weren't tipped off by the Southwest Patrol team, that it was all a big coincidence. Rose and the anchor even question why the police would bother with an internal investigation.

Roll tape, as they say. And stay lucky, James.

Firefighter Arrested for Firehouse Shooting: MyFoxDFW.com


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10 comments
Steven J
Steven J

Their is more to this story. I thought is was against the law for the police NOT to arrest someone that has a warrant.

Kevbrint
Kevbrint

This whole story smells.  There is so much that needs to be uncovered here, and I wouldn't trust this Fox affiliate to do any real investigation.  Not only the police, but also the fire department did not follow protocol.  Way too much lag time between the alleged incident and the steps by police to find the suspect.  Smelly.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 Here is the CBS 11 story.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/0...

And although I am not a fan of the Fox It might show a bit of ASS covering by the City Of Dallas .

How weird is it for the  person who is the No question about it ( Alleged ) shooter to just be sitting at Publicly listed HIS home address while the the public integrity unit is waiting for him to come in an surrender ?I wonder if the cops sitting on the house didn't have to act in order to keep the news guy from getting either shot or found out what was going on .....

Serving the Warrant came after the news crew had bee there for a while .

clay henderson
clay henderson

These media "professionals" looked, sounded and acted remarkably "unprofessional" even by Murdock/FAUX News standards. They reminded me of some "Tom & Jerry" cartoon, or like a any "Leave It to Beaver" episode.

TV personalities... maybe! Actors... not very good ones!

HautieMae
HautieMae

Oh yea, he was tipped off.

When ask point blank by was he tipped off... all he had to do was say... No.

But he didn't. He just started to ramble.

So he looked guilty as hell, as he spoke about it being just a fluke he just happen to be there. 

pleasedon'tshockmymonkey
pleasedon'tshockmymonkey

What I want to know is, why, at the 2:05 mark did a caucasian male w/ a camera, walk behind Lt.Lavender, while he was speaking? There's more to this story, than just a story. 

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Hey Joe shouldn't the lead be the long response time between the alleged incident at 9 am and when 4 30 pm when as you put it police showed up ?BTW They wouldn't have called 911 they would have just picked up a station radio to call for an assist for the firemen .An active shooter is a priority 1 call.Shots fired in the fire house ? The boys in blue would have had been going CODE 3.Soooo Joe what was the  the delayed response time a police problem or did the Fire station just not call them about this till later in the day ?

Jerry
Jerry

Maybe they didn't get a tip-off. This is a Fox/Murdoch owned station, maybe they just hacked somebody's phone.

Ed D.
Ed D.

These aren't the droids you're looking for. There's no need to investigate detain us.

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