Dallas Police Involved in Yet Another Shooting, This One at Taco Bell

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Update at 10:48 a.m.: Police have identified the suspect as Kendrick McDaniel and announced that he died about 11 hours after the shooting.

Original post: Over the weekend, a Dallas police officer shot an armed suspect at the Taco Bell at 4325 Camp Wisdom Road, adding to the tally of officer-involved shootings on pace to eclipse any year in recent memory.

According to the DPD report, officer Cortenay Howard was off duty but in full uniform when he arrived at Taco Bell at 10 a.m. on Sunday for food (brunch?). At a table about five feet away, he spotted a 18-year-old man, yet to be identified by police, "acting nervous and fidgeting." When the man stood up, Howard could see a "brown marijuana cigar" (a.k.a. blunt) above one ear. Howard told the weed-toting suspect to come toward him.

"Fuck you, we ain't got nothing to talk about," the man said, according to the report.

Howard insisted, at which point the man took off running, jumped over a rail inside the store and, according to Howard, pulled a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at him. Howard fired twice, hitting the man in the stomach. Howard then handcuffed while he lay on the floor. The suspect was taken to Methodist hospital and charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, possession of marijuana, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. DPD's Special Investigations Unit is looking into the incident. Police are withholding the suspect's name and condition until a 10 a.m. press conference today.

This one seems more straightforward than, say, the shooting of John Husband. The suspect was shot in the stomach rather than the back, an entry point bound to raise questions. Also, there is presumably surveillance footage from the Taco Bell to corroborate the officer's version of events. The patrol car in the Husband shooting lacked a dash cam.

Still, there are plenty of questions to be answered. Like: How did Howard know it was a blunt behind the suspect's ear and not just a Black & Mild? And: Doesn't Howard know Taco Bell is terrible? Don't you think that's something you should cover during training? Finally: Taco Bell is open at 10 a.m.? And has breakfast First Meal? Why would anyone put that in their mouth?


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Disciple1488
Disciple1488

Well maybe they were both having a bad day that turned to worsening... and maybe Kendrick was high and not thinking clearly ... and maybe the officer (who was off duty) felt like a little over time

Jessicca64
Jessicca64

Man this is crazy...and for grown ass ppl to sit here and joke around...sad. That's the problem with the DPD now...doin to damn much of NOTHING..you were off duty and he did not have to come because you called. Now yes, I do understand the blunt and all of that other shit, but hell most of the laws on Gannon are fucking dirty...too busy tricking and getting high their damn self..... Now this boys mama has to bury him...son has to be without a father..sister, brothers, friends...without their loved one. And to sit up and judge him, his past...as if your shit doesn't stink. Hell I want you to feel this way when you are burying your son.. not saying Ken was in the right...but to shoot him dead...was wrong....straight like that... My heart goes out to his fam and friends....

Logic4dallas
Logic4dallas

Actually a DPD officer is on duty 24 hrs in the city limits of Dallas, so yes the criminal did "have to come when called". If you don't want a confrontation with police don't carry a weapon while flagrantly disregarding the law in plain view for the entire world to see. Yes, it is easy to judge him. He had committed numerous crimes in his short life and displayed complete lack of respect for society with his attitude and actions. Most people go about life working hard, obeying the law, and trying to do the right thing at all times...this criminal made a full time job of doing everything he could to harm others and himself...luckily it was only him that was hurt due to his moronic behavior this time. All the uberliberals and race baiters need to use a little logic for once in their lives and just see this for what it was...a thug tried to play gangsta with a uniformed police officer in a public place and created a situation where one person was going to get shot, the criminal or the cop, he brought this on himself.

Kergie
Kergie

 Let's see-NOT stunned by this comment.  Also, Kennedy was killed by leftist guerrilla's....and for the young folk, Abe Lincoln WAS a slayer of the afterdead.  We cool!

kergie 1
kergie 1

A wise sage once said, "swift justice moves society along". 

Dmkergo
Dmkergo

Lets see eff'head: -no disregard for anything -joint behind the ear -gun in tow -not yielding to a simple police command....... ...........death sentence given, and taken-life moves on. The world is a better place, for us ALL.

donovan acree
donovan acree

 Kergo 1 Spaceship is the kind of guy who thinks it's ok to dispense with the courts and let the police act as judge and jury. That's the most un-American sentiment I've heard in a long time.

Logic4dallas
Logic4dallas

More accurately, I'm guessing he thinks a thug that tries to shoot an officer dispenses of the judge and jury all on his own. If it was up to liberals we'd have reports of dead officers daily. Liberals seem to hate police, until their limp, pathetic, weak butts need to be saved from thugs like the one in this story.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

"Don't blame yourself. KenKen is looking down at you with a smile on his face. KenKen was a bright child, and he made the day brighter for many people, so keep your head up. Think about what KenKen would do in this situation. In a time like this, remain positive. Think about your last precious encounter. Don't blame yourself. You are a great brother! I lost a child when he was KenKen's age. I went into a shell for several months, but eventually I realized that I had to be there for my other children. It will be seven years next month. I think about the good times. Stay focused. Keep your head up. You have a lot of people that look up to you." There. Now it sounds fairly literate and meaningful. Remind me to try this exercise again when I think that someone is trapped by his own educational background.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

It isn't justice. It's what happens when a person gets into a gun battle with the police. Mr. K1S is still correct, however, in that the policeman saved all of us trouble and tax money. I hate the ridiculous hemp laws, but this incident was about a punk trying to be hardcore, not a stoner resisting arrest.

Tommiel2121
Tommiel2121

dont blame yourself KenKen is looking down at you with a smile on his face ....Ken Ken was a bright child he made alot of people day so keep your head up...Think about what kenken would do right now..In situation like this always think positive think about your last encounter...Buc dont beat your self you are a great brother! I lost a child he was the same age of KenKen I closed myself up for months I knew that I had to be there for the rest of my children...it be seven years next month I think about the goodtimes.....Stay focus keep your head up you have alot of people who look up to yall...

TOM
TOM

FIRST OF ALL, WHAT HAPPEN AT TACO BELL WAS NOT CALL FOR...LOOKING AT ALL THE FACTS IF MR. MCDANIEL HAD A BLUNT IN HIS EAR WHAT THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THIS YOUNG CHILD WAS SHOT DOWN LIKE HE WAS ANIMAL. HIS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND DONT HAVE SHIT TO DO WITH WHT HAPPEN AT TACO BELL THAT IS WHAT WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY ALWAYS JUDGING A PERSON...THE POLICE OFFICER WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG IF YOUR OFF DUTY YOU SHOULD HAVE CALL FOR BACK UP INSTEAD OF TAKING MATTERS ON YOUR OWN, THIS SITUATION WAS VERY UN-CALL FOR POLICE OFFICE IF YOU CANT DO YOUR JOB RIGHT YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER FIELD,... WHAT ABOUT THE COPS DOING ALL THIS OTHER SHIT NOBODY PERFECT,... SHIT IF HE FELT THAT THIS YOUNG MAN HAD A BLUNT THAT LED TO SAY THAT HE PROBABLY WAS HIGH SO AND HE WAS SCARED THATS WHY THE POLICE SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM ALONE, NOW THAT ANOTHER CHILD IS GONE IN HIS MOTHER AND FAMILY IS LEFT WITH THE SORROW... SO WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THIS WORLD TODAY...PEOPLE LOOKING AT ONESIDE WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CHILD.... NOBODY PERFECT EVERYONE MAKE MISTAKE THIS CHILD DONT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM HIS BECAUSE OF THIS POLICE... SO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHAT TO SAY IF THIS CHILD WAS YOURS YOU BE BENDING OVER BACKAWARDS...SO IT GOES FOR EVERYBODY NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT LIFE IS HARD BEARING A LOST OF A CHILD...SO THINK ABOUT THE GOOD THIS BOY HAD A CHILD NOW HIS CHILD LEFT WITHOUT A FATHE.....SO PEOPLE OUTTHERE WHAT ABOUT WE ARE THE WORLD AND THIS CHILD WAS GOD CHILD WHOS LEFT SO EARLY IN LIFE.... WE  WILL MISS YOU

Logic4dallas
Logic4dallas

Wow. I had to struggle just to make it through your incoherent attempt at English, but I gather that you think it's fine for someone to openly exhibit illegal drugs and carry a gun. Dpd is on duty 24 hours a day within the city limits of Dallas. He had to respond to this thug's blatant disregard for the common good. If the criminal wouldn't have tried to play gangsta he'd still be alive. This wasn't a random execution, a career criminal (at 18 no less) tried to kill a police officer and paid with his life...end of story. Those who do wrong, should be held accountable for their actions. The problem is our society gives these criminals a pass so many times they have no respect for anyone including themselves. The end result will be jail (eventually, it will take several felonies as this is uberliberal Dallas county afterall) or death. Educate yourself, obey the law, work hard, be there for your family and you probably won't end up dead on the floor of a Taco Bell.

Perryburel
Perryburel

I love you kenken no matter wut anybody say on here tv police witnesses it doesnt even matter no more. You shine your light on gotti and watch over us. Ken i wish u would listened more to me and buc but we could of talkd more too so i blame myself. I love you if its anyway u can read this.

donovan acree
donovan acree

 You call getting gunned down because you had a min-cigar behind your ear justice?

donovan acree
donovan acree

I'm gonna say it. Planted gun. There. My guess is that the dead man saying 'Fuck You' to a cop got him shot. Cops don't like to be talked down to, insulted, or disobeyed. Here's the thing, the cop had no reason to approach the dead man. He did nothing illegal. Howard 'told' the dead man to come to him and was rebuffed. No citizen has to submit to anything from an off duty cop nor to anyone who has no reason for detaining them. The cop chased the dead man out, shot him, and put his plant gun on him. It's easy if thy are black. Just say you saw drugs and a gun and everyone calls you a hero. That's why the dead man never shot and therefore has no powder burns.

Logic4dallas
Logic4dallas

Unfortunately for delusional people such as yourself there was video so your paranoid, racist conspiracy theory will fall apart soon. And, just to let you know, a police officer in Dallas is a peace officer in the entire state of Texas with the police powers that that carries with it. Furthermore, in the city limits of Dallas, a DPD officer is expected to uphold the law on duty and off. Besides all that I have mentioned, that criminal had no idea that officer was off duty as he was in full uniform at the time, so none of your argument holds any kind of substance. Grow up and join the rest of us in the real world. It's not nearly as racist and horrible as you would make it out to be.

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