Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Mesquite – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

What to know

  • The 911 driver reported that he heard “hang up” screams and “a fight” in the background of an emergency call.
  • Police fatally shot and killed a man they said had “attacked officers, armed with a knife and a club”.
  • Ashton Pinke’s family hired civil rights attorney Justin Moore, who said Pinke was “not armed with a weapon or lethal weapon to justify the use of lethal force by civil servants”.

Two Mesquite police officers fatally shot and killed a man believed to have been involved in an attack Tuesday morning who attacked them with a knife and club, police said.

Mesquite police said the officers were sent to an 911 at around 7:45 am, during which the dispatcher heard screams and what sounded like a fight in the background.

Although the call was a hang up, at least one previous call from the phone number helped direct cops to a residence in the Audubon Oaks apartments on the 5800 block of Northwest Drive.

There, officials met a person who had only been identified by police as “the victim” and said a man was armed with a knife.

The officers walked out of the apartment, where they found Ashton Pinke, 27, with a knife and club on the side of the building. Police said Pinke charged the officers with both items and both police officers shot him.

Police said earlier Tuesday that officers sought medical help after the shooting and that the injured man was in critical condition. On Tuesday afternoon, police said the man had died after arriving at the hospital.

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Mesquite Police are investigating a police shootout at an apartment complex on the 5800 block of Northwest Drive on May 4, 2021.

A second person, described by the police as a “victim of an attack”, was also hospitalized. Her condition is also unknown.

Mesquite police said the officers wore body cameras and that the footage is being reviewed. They expect at least some of the footage to be released later this week.

The officers involved in the shooting were not named, but the Mesquite Police Department said Tuesday afternoon they were a 25-year-old veteran officer and a 21-year-old male veteran officer. According to the department’s guidelines, officers have paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.

Attorney Justin A. Moore reached out to NBC Tuesday afternoon to say he had been kept by Pinke’s family. In his statement, Moore said police had been called on an “alleged domestic disorder” and “according to local witnesses, this should have been a mental health check.”

“Unfortunately, the lack of an adequate response from the Mesquite Police Department resulted in Asthon being shot,” Moore said in his statement. “By all accounts, Ashton was not armed with a weapon or lethal weapon to justify the use of lethal force by local officers.”

Moore said his office intends to “investigate all civil rights claims for Ashton’s family while demanding full transparency into any investigations that will be conducted by law enforcement in the future.”

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