Dallas, TX – An off-duty Dallas police officer was attacked and beaten on Thursday night after he told a group of people to leave a closed swimming pool area at an apartment complex.
The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on June 25 in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 4300-block of North Horizon Parkway, KDFW reported.
Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata said the officer works as a courtesy patrol officer at the apartment complex, and was off-duty and at home that evening, WFAA reported.
Mata said the officer received a call regarding a group of people who were hanging out at the complex’s closed swimming pool.
The union boss said it wasn’t an uncommon request to go clear the pool area, and the officer told him that people usually listened when he told them to leave, according to WFAA.
So the off-duty officer walked down to the swimming pool in shorts and a t-shirt and asked the group to vacate the premises.
Mata said someone asked the officer who he was, and he identified himself as a Dallas Police Department officer as well as a courtesy officer for the apartments.
A few people left after they were asked to do so, but three or four of them stayed and “began talking about Black Lives Matter,” WFAA reported.
The officer left the pool area and went to the parking lot where he proceeded to take pictures of the vehicles he thought belonged to the people trespassing in the pool area.
That’s when he was jumped from behind by several men, WFAA reported.
The officer was struck in the back and kicked multiple times, and ultimately knocked unconscious.
He called 911 when he woke up and reported the attack, according to WFAA.
Mata said he believed the man was attacked because he is a Dallas police officer.
“It’s very unfortunate that an officer attempting to do his job was attacked in this manner for nothing else but being a police officer,” the union boss told WFAA.
Dallas police records showed that Dallas Fire-Rescue evaluated the off-duty officer and treated his injuries at the scene.
However, when the officer’s supervisor arrived at the apartment complex, he drove the injured officer to the hospital for another evaluation in his car.
He suffered bruising to the back of his head, scrapes, and a bloody lip, according to WFAA.
Dallas police released pictures of the incident that were captured on the apartment complex’s security cameras.
Investigators were working to identify the attackers and determine if the suspects actually lived at the apartment complex, WFAA reported.
No arrests have been made so far in the attack.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact Dallas police at 214-671-3083 or via email at [email protected]
Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and indictment of the suspects who attacked the officer, WFAA reported.