Dallas police release video of shooting that injured one officer

Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia at a news conference on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia at a news conference on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. Photo credit Alan Scaia / NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Dallas police on Monday released dashboard camera and body camera video of a shooting last week in which an officer was injured.

Ofc. Derek Williams and Ofc. Christopher Mazin spotted a suspect fire into a car at a business near Scyene Road and Elsie Faye Heggins Street in southeast Dallas Thursday afternoon.

Click here to view the video, which contains violence and graphic language.

When the officers stopped, police Chief Eddie Garcia said they got out of their car with their guns drawn. Garcia said the suspect, Juan Vicente Zavala Lopez, fired several times at the officers, hitting their squad car as he drove away.

The shooting led to a chase. Garcia said Zavala Lopez made a U-turn and started to shoot at officers again as he drove back toward them.

"He let go of the steering wheel while he encountered my officers and was using a two-handed technique to shoot out of the car," Garcia said. "That's exactly what you saw."

Williams was hit, and the video shows Mazin giving first aid after he returned fire.

"Our men and women go to work each day not knowing what the day or call will hold to serve and protect," Garcia said. "I am grateful for the brave men and women of this department, for the great work they do each day and the bravery and commitment to our profession and to our city."

Williams has been released from the hospital.

"Offc. Williams tapped into his warrior spirit and proved once again our honorable men and women will sacrifice what is most dear for the city of Dallas," Garcia said.

Mazin was not hurt.

The suspect, Zavala Lopez, was arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault for the initial shooting that led to officers stopping. He has also been charged with four counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer.

Garcia said Zavala Lopez was in the country illegally.

"Apparently in 2002, there was some sort of administrative hearing where he ended up getting deported," Garcia said. "On at least nine other occasions, he has tried to enter the country illegally and then was captured and deported."

Zavala Lopez was still listed in Dallas County Jail as of Monday afternoon on the criminal charges connected to these shootings and also an immigration hold.

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