Suspect shot after pointing fake gun at cop in Texas mall

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Arlington police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting Sunday evening inside The Parks Mall at Arlington.

The officer then fired several times and hit the suspect, officials said.

Responding officers found the suspect and started to chase him.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital and is now being treated for his injuries. The Parks Mall has closed so please avoid the area.

On the second call returned to Dodd, the operator tried to get identifying information from him but Dodd had changed his mind and refused to turn himself in. Police say they're reviewing surveillance video.

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The injured man was being tailed by police after allegedly redeeming a five-finger discount from the Sunglass Hut at the Parks Mall in Arlington. He did note that Dodd had been charged with filing a false police report in September after reporting to police he had been shot in a drive-by shooting. Police have not been able to interview him due to his condition.

"You might have noticed he was wearing a sling in the photos".

"In the call Mr. Dodd claimed that he was a suspect in an evading arrest call", said Cook.

He added that the Department will continue to push for some form of regulation against replica guns, such as the one used by Dodd.

"There's just no training in the world that will afford an officer the ability to distinguish what is real and what is fake in the heat of the moment", he said. "We knew this day might come whether it be an officer or citizen who comes face-to-face with one".

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