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Prosecutor: Texas man mistaken as thief shot with hands up

September 18, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — A prosecutor says a Dallas-area man mistaken for a thief last year as he tried to unlock his own truck had his hands in the air and was begging not to be shot when a police officer shot him twice.

Dallas County prosecutor Bryan Mitchell told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in the trial of former Mesquite officer Derick Wiley that Lyndo Jones was struck in the back as Jones backed away.

Wiley, who was subsequently fired from the department, is charged with aggravated assault in the Nov. 8 shooting. Jones sustained injuries that required repeated hospital stays.

Authorities have said Jones was shot after officers responded to a report of someone breaking into a vehicle, setting off its alarm.

An attorney for Wiley says he was forced to make a split-second decision.

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