Texas officer fired in shooting of black man seen as suspect
MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — A police officer in suburban Dallas has been fired after investigators determined he violated department policy in the shooting of a black man who was mistaken for a burglar as he attempted to unlock his own truck.
Mesquite police Chief Charles Cato said in a statement late Wednesday that officer Derick Wiley was fired following a review of the Nov. 8 shooting.
Cato did not indicate which department policy Wiley violated.
Authorities have said Lyndo Jones was shot twice after officers responded to a report of someone breaking into a vehicle, setting off its alarm. The shooting occurred as Jones scuffled with Wiley, who is also black, and other officers.
Authorities later acknowledged that the truck belonged to Jones.
Police charged Jones with evading arrest, but it was later dismissed.