DPD Releases More Details on Fatal Police Shooting

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Anna Merlen
DPD just passed along more details on the sequence of events that led to the fatal shooting of 31-year-old James Harper.

According to DPD's description of events, officer Brian Rowden and two cops were responding to a kidnapping call at 5316 Bourquin. There were four black men inside the house, one of whom grabbed a handgun from the table as they broke through a rear window and took off running.

Rowden caught up with Harper as he attempted to jump a fence, but the suspect kicked him in the chest and continued into the next yard. Rowden continued the pursuit over three two additional fences and wound up in a horse corral, where they fought. After the scuffle, Harper allegedly said Rowden was going to have to kill him, keeping his hand on his pocket. Rowden "overheated and exhausted, and fearing for his life," since he thought Rowden had grabbed the gun from the house, shot and killed Harper.

Inside the home, police found a hand gun, a shotgun, PCP, and crack. The full release follows after jump, along with Rowden's internal affairs resume and a transcript of the 911 call.

The Dallas Police Department is releasing a transcript of the 911 call that precipitated the response yesterday to 5316 Bourquin. The actual audio is not being released at this time due to having potential evidentiary value. A second call came in during the actual struggle between the officer and the suspect. This second call may also have evidentiary value for the Special Investigations Unit during their officer involved shooting investigation so no portion of it can be released at this time. Below is a synopsis of the incident. On July 24, 2012, Officers Brian Rowden, #8477, and Michael Begin, #8574, and Gary Bromley #9613 responded to a kidnapping call at 5316 Bourquin. When the officers arrived they heard noise coming from inside the house. Officer Begin knocked on the side door, and someone inside said come in. When Officer Begin opened the outer door, he was stopped by a metal cage fastened to an interior door. Officer Begin yelled "police", and someone inside slammed the interior door closed. Officers Begin and Rowden went to the side window, and as their view of the interior was obstructed, pushed the air condition unit out of the way and observed four Black male suspects inside the residence as well as a hand gun lying on a table. At that point, the suspects jumped up, one of them grabbed the gun off the table, and they all fled to the rear of the residence. The officers heard glass breaking, ran to the rear of the residence, and observed the four suspects jumping out of the rear window of the residence and attempt to flee the location. Officer Begin took Suspect Arthur Dixon into custody as he attempted to jump a fence behind the residence. The other three suspects continued running. Officer Rowden caught up with Suspect James Harper as he attempted to jump the fence, grabbed his legs and Suspect Harper then kicked Officer Rowden in the chest. Suspect Harper continued over the fence with Officer Rowden in pursuit. Officer Rowden and Suspect Harper jumped a total of three fences and ended in a horse corral at 3803 Mural Lane. Once inside the horse corral Suspect Harper turned and began fighting with Officer Rowden. Officer Rowden and Suspect Harper fought violently, and Officer Rowden lost his handcuffs and sustained injuries to both arms which did not require him to be transported for medical treatment. Suspect Harper made numerous statements to the effect that Officer Rowden was going to have to kill him. Throughout the foot pursuit and fight, Suspect Harper kept his hand on his pocket and as Officer Rowden had seen a handgun lying on a table inside the residence that Suspect Harper had just fled from, he feared Suspect Harper was armed. Suspect Harper and Officer Rowden fought violently two additional times, and by the third violent encounter, Suspect Harper again stated something to the effect that Officer Rowden was going to have to kill him and still had his hand on his pocket as if he had a weapon. By this time Officer Rowden was overheated and exhausted, and fearing for his life, he fired his duty weapon, striking Suspect Harper. Dallas Fire and Rescue responded to the location and pronounced Suspect Harper deceased at the scene. Suspect Arthur Dixon was transported to CAPERS where he was interrogated and subsequently arrested for two alias tickets out of Dallas and Evading Arrest. A search warrant was executed at 5316 Bourquin by CAPERS detectives as well as Narcotics detectives. Recovered from the residence was one Ruger P95 9mm hand gun, one Mosburg 12 gauge shot gun, 171 grams of Marijuana, 16.1 grams PCP (38 vials), 30.1 grams Crack Cocaine inside the residence, 19 grams Crack Cocaine outside the residence (on the path the suspects took when fleeing the residence) 24.1 grams Xanex, and 52.1 grams Hydrocodene. Also found were nine cell phones, four digital scales and a partial drug ledger. $437 was recovered from the right front pants pocket of Suspect Harper at the scene. At this time it is undetermined who made the telephone call that initiated this incident.

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LateralG
LateralG

Anyone want to take a bet that he could have escaped if he were wearing properly fitting pants so he didn't have to hold them up?

Rooster
Rooster

This is what South Dallas' problem is.....their sense of values is so warped, they're defending a DRUG DEALER.

 

A very good way not to get killed by a cop, is not to fight with him, but I guess that's just too obvious to grasp.

 

If a guy is dealing drugs in the house next to mine.  If that's the guy responsible for guns going off in my neighborhood, and me having to keep my kids indoors all the damn time, I don't care what the PD does to the dude.  The sooner they get rid of him, the better.  I don't care how.

 

Last, but not least, the next time some asshat from the D.O. or the Ticket rags on people for living in the suburbs, this is why.  While these jagoffs burn your city down because some drug dealer got killed for fighting a cop, we will sit up here in the burbs, keeping our kids safe, eating popcorn, and watching at a safe distance.

Juxtapose1
Juxtapose1

White Police Kill Black Men....and they have for, well, since the beginning of this nation.  Dallas has a history of institutional racism, and the police have a culture of criminality. More importantly, while you focus on drugs, and how the police NEVER do anything wrong lets take a look at something.  First, Chief Brown says that there was a foot chase, and that during it Rowden and Harper got into three "fights".  During any one of those confrontations Rowden could have tased Harper.  Or he could have called for back up.  Or, he could have stopped chasing him.  But no, he just couldn't quit, just couldn't let that crook get away on foot and have to hear about it from his police buddies for months. So he kept going....Second, Chief Brown relayed the quote directly from Harper to Rowden, "Your going to have to kill me", while at the same time they were unable to confirm if the man was armed or not, whether or not there were witnesses to these alleged fights, or even if the 9-11 call was real or not.  But they sure as hell could confirm that sentence couldn't they??  You know why..because it allows you to kill a man and get away with it. Third, Chief Brown says that Rowden "feared for his life", and that at that point he shot and killed Harper.  Later, the police report that was released, shows that Rowden was not injured, and that he refused medical attention.  No injuries..nothing..nadda...zilch.  After jumping all those fences, and getting into THREE fights with a "hardened criminal", the guy was good to go.   So the question is this, at what point did he actually fear for his life?  At what point did an officer with no injuries, and who did not require medical attention, fear for his life enough to shoot an unarmed man??Either the fights never happened, and we dont know because there are no witnesses, or they did and this "thug" was unable to cause any damage to this cop, or Rowden just couldn't let his ego go and had to kill this guy, who was obviously in better shape than he was.   USE A TASER.  SHOOT HIM IN THE LEG.  STOP CHASING HIM.  CALL FOR BACK UP.  Dallas Police deserve to be treated like shit because they are.  They are not professional, and they murder unarmed people.  Fact.  

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

Why don't we just remove police and fire service from these communities? Given that their presence is so unwanted and reviled why should police and firefighters continue to risk their lives in those areas?

 

Pull  out, build a wall around it and let them burn it all down to the ground while they kill and eat each other like the feral beasts they are.

NoCrackersNutsFlakes
NoCrackersNutsFlakes

I don't recall 'good boys' (as the Mother reportedly referred to her drug dealer son) selling crack, waving firearms and fighting police officers when I was a kid. No one forced her son to sell crack and threaten the neighborhood.

 

Sadly, the whole sorry episode does nothing but provide more fodder for bigotry on both sides. Numbskull white people refuse to learn what 'confirmation bias' is. They would rather hide in their Faux News bunkers and continue to blame all the world's problems on people whose skin color doesn't match their pasty white patina. Meanwhile many young blacks, who stupidly think 'street cred' is a good thing, blame 'whitey' and the police when a black drug thug gets a hangnail.

 

Texas has plenty of unprincipled, bigoted white and black people to keep us in the uneducated backwoods darkness for another thirty years. And with Republicans in charge, that is unlikely to ever change.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Gus McCrae: You know how it goes, Jake. You ride with an outlaw, you die with an outlaw. Sorry you crossed the line.

trudat
trudat

 @RoosterYou seem to think that having a mindset which would defend a drug dealer is the main problem in South Dallas.  First of all you are wrong in your assessment of the mindset of the people of South Dallas.  Second, your perspective on the importance of defending a drug dealer does not appear to be sufficiently developed. Rest assured that most people in South Dallas do not defend drug dealers.  However, if they did defend drug dealers that might not be so illogical.

I say this because the drug dealers  you speak of sell "illegal" drugs.  It is a documented fact that "legal" drugs kill more people every year than "illegal" drugs. The "legal" drugs (in fact) are obviously more dangerous however no para-military government agency tries to take them (the pharmaceutical companies) to jail like they do the "illegal" drug dealers.  This is a result of the power held by the big money pharmacy companies and this is wrong.  However, you and many other people condem and call for the murder of the poor drug dealer that has to sell drugs to make a living while never saying a word about the pharmaceutical companies that kill thousands of people every year with the legal poison that they sell to the unsuspecting public.

 

coachbranden
coachbranden

 @Rooster If you want to keep you kids safe, the suburbs may be the last place your kids should go. Between the ages of 2 and 19, nothing kills more kids than cars, a necessity of suburban life.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @Rooster Drug-dealing, unless Texas laws have gone farther off the deep end, is not a crime punishable by a bullet in the back by the cops.

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

If you have some evidence to the contrary, let's see it.  Otherwise, it is a pretty stupid opinion.  Harper had a long arrest record for multiple offenses and neighbors have said that the house is a drug house.  Drugs and weapons were found inside the house.  What is you excuse for those facts?

travishuse
travishuse

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz You're fucking boring. Do you have any evidence to the contrary? Come back to me when you do. Until then, shut your fucking mouth.

gmit
gmit

 @Juxtapose1 So next time a cop tells me to stop, I can just runaway and save on insurance, I dont like speeding tickets thanks for letting me know I dont have to obey officers of the law.

gmit
gmit

 @1morereason2carry The sad thing is there is or I would assume there has to be a percentage I would say a majority of people in these neighborhoods that do work and obey the law, and have a really tough time but dont turn to crime and violence.

 

Unfortunantly those people also dont trust the system, either rightly or wrongly based on tradition passed down, and then you think of all the intertwined personal relationships that develop when you family stays in place and there isnt going to be lots of cooperation with the outside 

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

 @NoCrackersNutsFlakes "Confirmation Bias"  .... you mean the feeling you get when you look at the actual facts?

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/graphics/homicides/

 

A database of homicides investigated by the Dallas police in 2010, compiled by The Dallas Morning News public safety team. The total number of killings in the map is higher than the official homicide tally because the map includes self-defense and other killings ruled justified and not include in Uniform Crime Reporting statistics.

 

Gender:

143 - Male

20 - Female

 

Race:

1 - Asian

88 - Black

61 - Hispanic

1 - Other

1 - Unknown

11 - White

 

==================

 

Since most victims are killed by someone of their own race, and since the US Federal Govt. states that at least 94% of all black homicide victims are killed by other blacks, I'd have to say that my biases are definitely confirmed.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @trudat you are correct....i personally support killing anyone selling drugs for any reason at all...even to support his starving kids...because that is NOT the only way to feed a family.   but the drugs destroy the LIVES of countless OTHERS that would have been productive to society except for the selfish, stupid, criminal "black male victims" that HAVE to sell drugs.  You sir, are totally a fool.

gmit
gmit

 @trudat  @Rooster "HAS to sell drugs to make a living"

 

and although the majority of people in South Dallas or maybe even the majority of the people that live on that street dont defend this behavior, the news doesnt show them, the news shows all the angry people in the street throwing violent fits, and calling the police names based on quick judgements

 

and really do you think that there is a real war on the "illegal" drugs? Its all just a cat and mouse game thats for show

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @coachbranden especially if you SMOKE them, or shoot them up, or get drunk before driving one....like Dart trains are safe, taxis are safe, it is safe for kids to walk on the streets in downtown Dallas after dark.

 

you sir, are borderline idiot.

sowhat
sowhat

 @coachbranden

 Yeah, because...you know...the city of Dallas definitely doesn't have an CARS or anything like that...

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz He wasn't shot for dealing drugs. He was shot while fighting multiple times with a cop. If he had stayed in that house and given up, or hell even run but never tried to throw a punch at the cop, he would be alive today.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz He wasn't shot in the back.  If you're trying to justify drug dealing, get your facts straight and then try to come up with a factual statement.

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

 @gmit "and have a really tough time but dont turn to crime and violence"

 

The most offensive part of liberal ideology is it totally disregards all of the hard working honest people who don't take the easy way out. Claiming that poverty is a cause of crime is disgusting pandering by people who have never had to live in poverty.

 

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

 @NoCrackersNutsFlakes "Confirmation bias".....At least 63% of all homicides in Dallas are committed by blacks and latinos (actually even more than that, no snitchin yo my homies). http://www.dallascityhall.com/committee_briefings/briefings0109/PS_homicideReport_01052009.pdf Homicides in Dallas Texas - 2008 Race of Suspect - # of Homicides - Percentage White - 9 = 6% Black - 72 = 47% Hispanic - 24 = 16% Unknown - 49 = 32% Therefore, even if the every single one of the 49 "unknown" murderers were whites, the "known" black murderers would still outnumber them!!!!! To really put it in the proper perspective: http://www.city-data.com/city/Dallas-Texas.html Dallas Population Racial Data: Hispanic - 547,781 (42.4%) White - 355,922 (28.8%) Black - 274,087 (24.6%)---------Once again, my biases are confirmed.

coachbranden
coachbranden

 @rufuslevin Have you been to the M Street? North Oak Cliff? Oak Lawn? All these are more traditional urban neighborhoods that don't require a car for everything. The child fatality rate is lower in these neighborhoods than a contemporary suburb in Collin County.

 

It isn't that cars aren't in Dallas, it is that kids don't have to be in a car for everything (school, park, even outside play time) in more traditionally designed neighborhoods. Walking on the sidewalk  with parked cars in between you and moving vehicles with a square street grid that disperses traffic evenly, rather than the suburban model that segregates uses and funnels traffic of an increasingly fewer amount of streets before it funnels it all onto arterial streets without any barriers between them and the sidewalk, if there is even one is much safer.

 

However, no one would actually walk in the later description, unless there is zero alternative. So that means junior has to be ferried around by someone. Then as the driver of junior is sitting at the red light, doing nothing wrong, boom, here comes a distracted driver texting.

 

Again, if you are going to wail about how unsafe it is to have a kid in the city, perhaps you should consult the stats first. The number one killer of kids between 2-19 is the car. Nothing kills more kids in this country than that. In other country's the fatality rate is not as high, but then neither is their requirement to have a car to live.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz actually, the LIBERALS in the USA were strong supporters of NAZI Germany...as though you had a clue about real history.   why don't you learn something before just spouting off bs.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @DirtyP1Myrna doesn't CARE about facts...she doesn't have a mind for truth...just a run off mouth to bitch and complain about authority and laws and how oppressive the mean old responsible folks make life difficult for worthless criminals and shiftless irresponsible complaining groups.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I didn't speak up when they came for the carjackers, because I wasn't a carjacker.

 

I didn't speak up when they came for the drug dealers, because I wasn't a drug dealer.

 

Is this the rise of the Third Reich you mentioned?

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 when was the last time the cops killed a jew or gypsy? You do know the police chief is black, right? The President is also black. Surely someone as liberal as you wouldn't want Bush back in office.

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Sorry, but no. Having a police force that enforces law and order is not even close to the rise of the third reich. Your histrionics are mildly amusing, but in the end that's all they are.

 

But hey, I could be misjudging you. if you really feel so strongly that all cops are lying fascist pigs, there are plenty of countries around the world that have little or no police presence. I'm sure you would feel right at home in northern Mexico, parts of South America or in parts of Africa. I hear Somalia is particularly free of those pesky lying fascist cops.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @A-nony-mouse Read about the rise of the Third Reich.  Someday you'll be the target and you won't be so quick to defend these jackboots.

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Lets see who do I want to believe.  a large racially diverse group of peace officers, the entire medical examiners department and eventually the private undertaker who will receive, clean and dress the body. all of which have stated or will state that there is no wound on the back.   Or a group of fellow drug dealers and customers who have a vested interest in making the police look bad.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz EVERY TIME A BLACK DRUG DEALER, RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTER, GANG MEMBER GETS KILLED...IT IS A CELEBRATION EVENT FOR SOCIETY.

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Yeah that's why I spend so much time posting about how much they kill each other like it is a bad thing.  I'm such an eeeeevil rayciss that I want black people to stop killing each other, shame on me!

gmit
gmit

 @CelebrateDivershitty  good to know its ok if I just kill someone that looks like me, if I dont im not killing Im making a political statement

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

 @icowrich

 I think Divershitty is just stating the facts. You want to read more into it instead of looking at the hard data. Nothing mention about black who have not committed crimes only the one that have.

icowrich
icowrich

 @CelebrateDivershitty The bias means that when you look at a black person (the vast majority of whom have committed no crimes), you tend to assume s/he is a criminal precisely *because* of the statistics you identify.

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