Dallas, TX – An 18-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department took his own life on Tuesday, just one day after he was involved in the fatal shooting of an armed suspect.
The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 as Dallas police officers assisted a U.S. Marshals’ fugitive task force in serving an arrest warrant at an apartment located in the 3700-block of South Tyler Street near Highway 67, WFAA reported.
Police said the suspect – 36-year-old Corey Thomas – was wanted for a murder that occurred on July 24 on Mentor Street in Dallas.
Thomas was also wanted on an additional warrant from Garland on a charge of deadly conduct, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Officials said that Dallas Police Officer Matthew Bacon was in a group of four officers who approached the armed suspect, WFAA reported.
Police said that authorities used police vehicles to block in the suspect’s truck, and then Thomas got out of his vehicle with a gun pointed at law enforcement.
Four officers opened fire on Thomas, including Officer Bacon, WFAA reported.
This is a tragic turn of events and one of which breaks my heart. Officer Matthew Bacon of Dallas PD was 1 in 4 Officers involved in Officer involved shooting of suspected murderer that pulled a gun on officers. The next day Officer Bacon took his own life the next… pic.twitter.com/He6fCjGTLL
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Another Dallas officer also fired his weapon, a Mesquite police officer fire his weapon, and a U.S. Marshal fired his weapon, too.
Thomas was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, WFAA reported.
None of the law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting.
One day later, on Aug. 8, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia announced that Officer Bacon had taken his own life, WFAA reported.
Chief Garcia called the veteran officer’s death “a heartbreaking loss for our DPD family” and asked that other members of the police force “never hesitate to reach out” if they are struggling with mental health issues.
Strength, prayers and condolences to the family of @DallasPD Officer Matthew Bacon and the rest of the department. Stand strong and know that we support you. @NIMHgov @TheIACP @DPDChiefGarcia pic.twitter.com/JDOkSKUMbN
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None of the officers involved in the incident were wearing bodycams because they are not required for task force officers, WFAA reported.