Dallas Police Say They Shot a Screaming, Projectile-Throwing Burglar in Pleasant Grove

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Here's how the Dallas Police Department described last night's officer-involved fatal shooting in Pleasant Grove in 1:44 a.m. Facebook post:

On July 17, 2013, at approximately 10:00 pm officers responded to a burglary in progress at the 1600 Block of Conner Dr. Upon arrival, officers observed one suspect inside of the listed location. The officers instructed the suspect to exit the residence through the rear door. The suspect initially complied with the officers instructions, but then charged the second officer. Fearing for his life, the officer fired his weapon striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Baylor hospital where he is undergoing surgery.

Fairly unremarkable as far as cop shootings go. Or so it seemed. DPD held a press conference and followup news release this morning in which they filled in some missing details. Which are completely insane.

The basics of the story stay the same. It's 10 p.m. and two officers, now identified as Senior Corporal Mark Meltabarger and Officer Jamal Robinson, arrive at 1639 Conner to investigate a possible burglary. The house and yard are completely dark, and they can see no signs of forced entry from the front, so they draw their weapons and split up to see if anything's amiss.

Meltabarger makes it to the backyard first. He still can't see anything, but he hears a voice coming from inside. It's a man's voice, yelling something that was both very loud and very unintelligible. Meltabarger shined his flashlight through the open sliding glass door, the beam alighting on the face of 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo.

The police officer ordered Pinedo to show his hands and get on the ground, which he did after a fashion. But first he ran around in circles and then, rather than lie flat like Meltabarger intended, he curled up into a ball.

Robinson had jumped the fence by this point, having heard Pinedo's screams, and trained his weapon on the suspect. This gave Meltabarger the chance to holster his gun and draw his Taser.

Pinedo, in turn, took the opportunity provided by Meltabarger's momentary distraction with his Taser to throw something, which bounced off the officer's head. Then, he got up and charged Robinson, reportedly reaching for his gun. Robinson, backed up against the fence he had just scaled, fired once. Pinedo later died at Baylor Hospital.

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oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

On July 17, 2013, at approximately 10:00 pm officers responded to a burglary in progress at the 1600 Block of Conner Dr.

Well Somebody called the Cops .....Are folks going to blame them for this whole mess ?

cden95
cden95

WTF is the someting?



cden95
cden95

throw something? what the hell is something?

AngryWhiteGuy
AngryWhiteGuy

My, oh my.............a black shoots a hispanic in self defense?

Eric Holder will stroke out over this one.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

DMN reports that the cop who shot the kid was a 10-month rookie.  The cop that tased the kid at the same time was a 13-year veteran.

James080
James080

I'm curious whether Pinedo was at the house with or without permission.

Jenlyn6
Jenlyn6

He was a good kid, he just graduated from high school. This is a very tragic event that didn't exactly happen the way it is reported. I hope none of you have to go through this.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Is that the same Gerardo from that Rico Suave song? Maybe that cop just got hit in the head with a latin beat.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If we had legal weed these bozos wouldn't be smokin' that fake shit that really fucks you up.

Cops need to come out for legal weed now.

Plus think of all those New Yorkers and Californians that'll come here and make Goodhair so happy.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Can't the cops just take these kids down without killing them?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzSometimes the personal actions people  take( in his case a burglary/ Breaking and Entering /being some where he wasn't supposed to be )  bring the resulting consequences on themselves because of their initial or original actions .

HE STARTED IT they finished it .


roo_ster
roo_ster

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz The perp was an 18-year loser.

Cops get to defend themselves same as regular folk.  Some goober pulls that crap with me, he'll get the same treatment.

fracquestions
fracquestions

@James080 Immaterial! When an armed policeman tells you to do something he means it. When you hit one in the head, and then charge the other, the results are likely to be as in this case. No other circumstances are relevant. The death could have been prevented by complying with a police instruction. If Pinedo has been there legally, then it would have all been resolved quickly without anybody getting injured or killed.

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

This is going to be an interesting question. WFAA is reporting that the house was his childhood home, still owned by his father and that he had a key (though they no longer lived there). His friends are saying that he had been drinking whiskey and "He was just screaming and hollering and saying weird stuff" when they last saw him.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@JustSaying Not funny.  That kid was someone's son.

CraigT42
CraigT42

As soon as I read the headline I said to myself. "I bet Myrna makes an ignorant anti-cop comment"

Sure enough....

James080
James080

@bvckvs @James080  

I agree that Pinedo acted stupidly, which lead to the shooting.

It was only several weeks ago that an elderly man was shot to death in his own garage by police prowling around at the wrong address. I'm not going to second guess an officer's response to being attacked by a (likely) doped up kid. But we should all be concerned when police shoot people in their own homes who are not engaged in criminal activity. Which is why I wanted to know if Pinedo was a burglar or an occupant.

observist
observist topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  You know who else was someone's son, don't you?   A certain bad guy with a funny small mustache.

observist
observist topcommenter

@CraigT42  They could start with the Taser and escalate to the gun, instead of the other way around.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@CraigT42 It's not "anti-cop".  I'm posing a very valid question over here.  Why shoot to kill when they should have good enough aim to hit them in a non-lethal part of the body?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@CraigT42 Shit, I am anti-cop and I'm not that inane.  Self-defense is self-defense.  Sometimes all you can do with crazy is shoot it.

bplaney
bplaney

@Danielwhich Greatest Tragedy in All of History? the +/- 20 million killed by Stalin?

Daniel
Daniel

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @DanielThe doctor call me crazy -- some says I is, some says I ain't. The preacherman call me "sinner," but his little girl call me a saint.  

Daniel
Daniel

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @observist 

Yes, that's it, Myrna -- simply make light of the Greatest Human Tragedy in All of History. Oh, ha ha -- how funny it all must be to you! Amused to imagine Charlie Chaplin manning the gas ovens, are you? Perhaps it would entertain you to envision Buster Keaton performing grotesque, unfathomably depraved medical experiments? Tickle your gizzard, does it? 

I, for one, will Remain Vigilant and Never Let This Happen Again. In fact, I'll see the specter of the Holocaust everywhere and feel its dark reverberations in everything, especially completely unrelated blog posts, thank you very much.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@CraigT42There is no non-lethal part.  You shoot to stop, and that happens in three ways: You break a load bearing bone (like the pelvic girdle), you cause a loss of blood pressure that causes unconsciousness (leading to exsanguination) or you destroy the central nervous center (brain shot.) 

You also have a responsibility to hit them in a way where the bullet stays inside the threat, and doesn't go careening around the neighborhood.  That means hitting either the heart or the pelvis.  Frankly, when someone is rushing at you, you just want to hit them.  Hit them wherever.  Aiming center mass is the best way to do that.

In self-defense, you don't shoot to wound.  You don't shoot to kill.  You shoot to STOP them before they kill you first.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @CraigT42 It's all very easy to armchair quarterback one of these events the next day, from the safety of your office or living room.  Quite another thing to be sent on the call at 1:44am, not knowing who or what you'll be running into.  Pleasant Grove isn't Highland Park, and I don't envy the cops on the beat in PG their jobs at all.  I wouldn't have gone around the back of that house without a shotgun at the ready.

observist
observist topcommenter

@russell.allison1 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @CraigT42   For the perspective of shooting to stop someone from chargin it makes sense to shoot for the largest body mass target.   

However, it's coy to say there's no "non-lethal" part of the body - some parts are obviously far more lethal than others.  You have a better chance of surviving your arms or legs being blown clear off than you do getting shot in the heart.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @CraigT42 One of the things you learn when picking up a firearm for the first time is that there is no such thing as a "non-lethal" part of the body.  Any injury from a firearm has the potential to be deadly or at best results in a life changing, debilitating injury.  The other part that gets dropped in stories like this is that most defensive shootings happen at very short range-less than 20 feet in most cases.  Not a lot of time is available to carefully aim, center body mass  is what you try and hit.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @doublecheese @CraigT42 I got your meaning.  I was just taking it on another tangent.  I think it's still possible to turn this into a race thing, depending on how the media wants to identify Pinedo's ethnicity.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul@CraigT42Since Gerardo Pinedo was shot by the police, do you think he'll properly be identified as Hispanic?  Surely a cop named Gerardo Pinedo would be identified as white after shooting a non-white suspect.  He certainly looks a lot more white than George Zimmerman. 

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