Vigil Held For Gunman Killed By DPS Troopers Over The Weekend

Alan Scaia
August 20, 2019 - 6:36 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Family and friends held a vigil for the man killed by state troopers Saturday in Dallas. DPS says two troopers tried to pull someone over for a traffic violation in South Dallas.

The troopers say the man sped off. He pulled into a driveway on Jamaica Street. DPS says the man pulled a gun, so the troopers fired, killing the man. No troopers were hurt.

"Right now, it's time for South Dallas to come together, not just South Dallas but for everyone to come together as a community," the man's cousin, Brandy Price, said at the vigil. "Let's get these state troopers out of here."​

James Armstrong, pastor of Community Fellowship Church of West Dallas, held a prayer service Monday evening.

"I think community members are frustrated. We're united by our grief, and there's this call to action to really stand up and declare that peace is a priority," he says.

Armstrong is calling for Dallas to denounce violence for at least seven days.​ He is planning prayer services Tuesday at White Rock Lake Park and Thursday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in South Dallas.

Monday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he was forming a task force of community and faith leaders to address the increase in crime. Through Monday, 132 people had been killed in Dallas this year.

"If this was an easy solution, it would have already been solved," he says. "The solution is going to be multi-faceted, and this task force is going to be looking for data that could bring about community-based solutions."