Arlington, Texas Man Shot by Grand Prairie Police after Ramming into Police Vehicles during DWI Stop
Grand Prairie, Texas - Arlington, Texas resident Terry Darnell, 58, was shot by Grand Prairie police after reportedly ramming into police vehicles Saturday morning, October 16.
Around 9 am, officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver near State Highway 161 and Arkansas Lane. According to police, the vehicle was locate and they attempted a traffic stop. A slow speed chase then ensued with Darnell, who was in a Dodge Ram truck.
Darnell momentarily stopped then accelerated his vehicle — intentionally ramming multiple police cars, two of which were reportedly occupied. Police said Darnell used his vehicle to drive one officer and her vehicle through the fence which protects the service road from President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). Backup officers then fired their firearms at Darnell, striking him in the wrist.
After several minutes of negotiating with the him, he surrendered and was taken into custody without incident, according to police.
Darnell was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One officer was also taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident shut down the northbound lanes of the turnpike while police investigated. Police were clearing the roadway to re-open the highway at 2 p.m.
Darnell is currently being held on one count of aggravated assault against a public servant with additional charges under investigation. Per departmental policy whenever a firearm is discharged, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation. The officers involved in the incident will be placed on leave.