Dallas Police Gun Down Man at Southwest Center Mall After Weed and Warrant Spur Chase

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Dallas PD's remarkable seven-month streak of not fatally shooting a suspect ended on Monday afternoon, when multiple officers gunned down a man outside Southwest Center Mall.

Police say that Michael Mayo, 30, led them on a chase through the Red Bird area that ended in the mall parking lot. There, he engaged with a standoff with police, getting in and out of the car, first with a gun to his head then, finally, with his weapon pointed at police.

Mayo's death seems unlikely to prompt the type of criticism and hand-wringing that has followed some recent shootings. He was armed, for one thing, and multiple witnesses saw him point the gun at police.

"He kept getting out of the car," a bystander told The Dallas Morning News.. "The last time, he got out and pointed his gun at them, and that was it."

In this case at least, it also doesn't seem like Dallas Police Chief David Brown's recent crackdown on officers he says pulled the trigger too quickly caused any undue hesitation, as some had feared.

For his part, Mayo's flight seems to have been motivated by a felony warrant for a probation violation, apparently from a 2009 burglary conviction. According to a police statement, officers were led to Mayo at about 1:30 p.m. by the scent of marijuana wafting from his car, which was in in a motel parking lot in the 3300 block of Marvin D. Love Freeway.

A check of the plates returned the warrant along with an alert that the car's occupants might be armed and dangerous. The officers who spotted the car called for backup, at which point Mayo took off, his female passenger (Fox 4 identified her as a girlfriend) jumping from the car .

He led a phalanx of squad cars on a half-hour chase that ended at Southwest Center Mall. Police say officers attempted to convince Mayo to surrender, but they fired when he pointed the gun in their direction.

Mayo's last Facebook message was posted at 12:24 p.m. on Monday, shortly before police showed up. "Ready for whatever," he wrote.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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mikemayofbposse
mikemayofbposse

everyone on here talkin shit makes me sick. he didn't deserve to loose his life. and he did not point a gun at the police. have some damn respect.

mikemayofbposse
mikemayofbposse

all of you are fucking stupid!!! if it was one of yalls friends or family it would be a different story!! You all need to get a life!!! niggas!!! lol.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The only thing newsy about this particular story is that some local TV networks filmed it.  The reality is that several  people are victims of gun violence in Dallas every single day.  Every single day, GSV's (Gun Shot Victims) are treated in a number of hospitals throughout the Dallas area.

What WOULD be unusual would be for a story to come out about a civilian gun-owner using his firearm to actually DEFEND his home, family or property.  That almost never happens in this town.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

An honest headline for this story should have been, "Career Criminal Loser Gunned Down After His Dumbass Points Gun At Police".  The good thing about the consistenly shallow and sophomoric stories from Nicholson is that even after two years, the DO readers are frequently reminded that Wilonsky is STILL greatly missed.

hwy77
hwy77

Happen to know a little about this case. It's worth noting that his family sacrificed everything for well over a decade trying to help this young man escape the spiral of drugs - and not just the pot referenced in the article. In any case, he ended his sad life with one too many bad decisions. It's made even sadder that his demise just serves as a single day's fodder for a lot of uninformed opinions and rants online.Tomorrow it will be something else, or someone else, your kid or friend maybe.  

rubberduky
rubberduky

what is the point of the story, honestly ? the stupid fuck POINTED A GUN AT THE POLICE, and............................ THEY LEGALLY SHOT HIS STUPID ASS. End of story.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

I'm curious to know who supplied the felon with the gun.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Felon with an illegal gun commits suicide by cop.


My only problem with it is that he should have blown his own head off instead of being too much of a chicken shit and making some cop pull that duty.

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

Attention parents: This is what happens when you allow your children to listen to hip hop. 

Dub919
Dub919

I have no problem with how DPD handled the shooting (it was justified).


What I have a problem with is SWAT now having the ability to call in Temporary Flight Restrictions on a whim.  They did this during the Victory Park "shooter" and really dicked up air traffic into DAL and DFW for a good 15 minutes (AA and SWA should send DPD a bill for the fuel burned in holding).  Of course, they don't want news helicopters being too close to provide more detail in the event they don't adhere to policy.

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

"Mayo's death seems unlikely to prompt the type of criticism and hand-wringing that has followed some recent shootings."


No.. it probably won't. No money in it for the race pimps

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Anyone who threatens to shoot a dumb-ass white trash loser in the head deserves to be shot.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@mikemayofbposse  
where ya been? We were looking for your dumbass two days ago (see "triple_fake_brandon_eley" below.) Did it take that long to make bail?

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

@ashhoad0811  I'm not friends with criminal idiots who point weapons at police while smoking weed on parole. 


But nice try you garbage culture criminal minded shitbag.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@bvckvs  Sounds like a strong argument FOR the NRA sticker on your door!

wcvemail
wcvemail

@hwy77  
Your concern and eloquence is appreciated. We should all bear in mind that the explicit theme of this story's publication was that the DPD's most recent shooting was uncontroversial and necessary, not that this particular person was evil. We should also all bear in mind that EVERYbody had a mom and had promise at one time.

That said, since you played the "family sacrifice" card in this noted synod of snark, let's riff on that. Did the young man's family reach out to the family whose car was stolen in the crime that landed this young man on parole? Do you know if that victim family suffered loss of work or missed school or (almost certainly) loss of money in replacing or retrieving the vehicle? Do you know of any other victims of this young man's crimes, and how the young man's family may have tried to help those victims?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA  now thats a dumb statement ad you jump the shark again.  Ive listened to hip hop since I was 10 and Ive never thought about being like this guy

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Dub919  
How does that work, tactically? I suspect it starts higher than the site commander, pro'ly at HQ, who contact FAA's control HQ? I'm sure nobody at FAA will question DPD, so it's subject to the same sort of over-reaction that can dispatch multiple patrol units to a relatively simple highway incident. And I'm sure it's going to get worse, since nobody is calling out DPD and the comms process is already in place.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley  
With gratuitous repetition of "he wuz allus down for us homies/yall just dont know and talkin shit" (And that's from genetic Caucasians)

mikemayofbposse
mikemayofbposse

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA @ashhoad0811 idk why people keep saying he pointed his gun at officers because he DID NOT. and it is very clear that he did not in a video that was poted on his timeline on fb. and a barber that witnessed the whole thing will also confirm that. he was about about to put his gun down and surrender and they shot him.


Pinkpanther1234
Pinkpanther1234

@wcvemail @hwy77 I, too, know a "little bit" about this guy and my personal opinion is that his family BAILED HIM OUT and enabled him to continue to be a druggie and a felon for far too long.  He had two daughters (from two different mothers) that he did not support and blatantly told people that he would never get a job because he would then have to pay child support.  He has a very long criminal record and was well on his way to lengthen it.  He recently got out of jail and simply decided that he didn't want to go back.  He was self-centered, immature, narcissistic, and lazy.  He had no intention of being anything other than what he was.  I know his family hurts but this guy has been hell bent on destruction for a long time and luckily his actions didn't hurt anyone else, as they very easily could have.  Its a very sad situation, but only because he chose the life he led.  The police did their job.  No one should try to make this guy out to be some kind of martyr (and yes I've seen that on his facebook by all of his druggie low-life friends) because sadly he clearly went out the way he wanted to, like a thug.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@wcvemail

A fine Coloradan blend, imported by my bud Juan (no relation to Exxon) on the back of a jackass.

mikemayofbposse
mikemayofbposse

Im not mad. I just think all of you are disrespectful idiots

wcvemail
wcvemail

@mikemayofbposse  
Exactly what I predicted you'd say, two days ago (see below.) Almost word for word -- you're so predictable.

mikemayofbposse
mikemayofbposse

I just hate seeing people on here talking shit about people when you don't even know anything except what the news says. you didn't know mike mayo. why does he have to bashed when he cant defend his self? he was not a bad person. and I personally knew him so I can say that.


wcvemail
wcvemail

@hwy77 @wcvemail  

You can regain sobriety if you fall off the wagon; you can regain fitness if you get out of shape; but you can't regain credibility, not under the same login at least. Go away now, come back next year for another posing posture.

hwy77
hwy77

@wcvemail @hwy77@Pinkpanther1234 I know what I know. You know what you know. We both have opinions based on what we know. So be it. You are far superior to me in dramatic comments on this story, although some others have you beat.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@hwy77 @Pinkpanther1234  

So you don't know personally that his family "sacrificed everything for well over a decade," as you so dramatically claimed. Posturing and posing, indeed.

hwy77
hwy77

@Pinkpanther1234 @wcvemail My points were that drug abuse is a scourge on all, and that some of the comments posted were mindless of the larger picture. No defense of this individual was intended. I did not know him. But I knew of him, as did several of the southern Dallas County police departments - DPD maybe not so much. It's a long case of drug abuse and addiction impacting lives, including anyone victimized by the abuser, his family, law enforcement personnel, and probably many others. We should be  determined to stop this cycle. It seems we mostly posture and pose, vent and rant.

missbrownbird
missbrownbird

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA @missbrownbird  The correlation was a massive bottleneck of brain cells and lack of hugs from his momma. Definitely not playing with a full deck. I mean come on, he's white, trying to be black.....clearly not excelling in life. 

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