February 10, 2012

Positivity: DART officer says crucifix saved her life during shooting

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:54 am

From Richardson, Texas:

Posted: Feb 08, 2012 5:28 PM EST
Updated: Feb 08, 2012 5:48 PM EST

An officer with Dallas Area Rapid Transit is crediting a crucifix with saving her life, after a Tuesday afternoon shooting at a rail station that left two people dead, including the suspect. The incident happened at about 3:40 p.m. at the Arapaho Center Station in Richardson.

According to DART spokesman Mark Ball, a bus driver had a confrontation with a passenger who was trying to board a DART bus. The driver exited the bus when he saw the officer, and told her about the situation. The passenger then walked away toward a train platform, Ball said. As the officer approached, the passenger turned and opened fire. The female officer was hit in her protective vest and shoulder.

… After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene. The DART officer was able to relay information to the police, who followed the suspect to a nearby Vent-a-Hood warehouse, located about 200 yards from the train platform. Authorities entered the business and there was an exchange of gunfire, Perlich said. It was originally reported that the suspect took his own life but, Perlich later said, it was not clear whether the fatal wound came from the suspect or the police.

The victims were all taken to Medical Center of Plano, Ball said, and Perlich later confirmed that one of the civilians died. None of the victims nor the suspect have been identified. Late on Tuesday night, the shot officer returned to the train platform to help investigators canvas the area and clear up the circumstances of what took place.

The officer declined an interview, but said that a crucifix kept underneath her protective vest saved her life. A bullet hit the cross, she said.

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