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21-year-old son of Dallas school trustee shot to death in east Oak Cliff, officials say



The 21-year-old son of a Dallas ISD trustee was shot and killed Thursday morning in east Oak Cliff, officials said.

Christopher Whitfield Johnson was shot about 1:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Utah Avenue, just off Overton Road, police said. He was found in the street with a gunshot wound in the chest.

Whitfield was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he died. 

Authorities say he’s the son of Maxie Johnson, a Baptist pastor who represents West Dallas, Oak Lawn, Uptown and much of south Oak Cliff on the school board. 

“My colleague Maxie Johnson is the epitome of a great father — one who has put his heart and soul into raising his children,” said Miguel Solis, a fellow school trustee and former mayoral candidate. “My heart breaks for him and his family.

Whitfield’s mom called 911 after a friend of the family knocked on her door to tell her that her son had been shot.

Dallas police had no leads or suspects but said that part of town was a trouble spot for gang-related crime.

“We constantly deploy personnel in that area,” Dallas police Maj. Danny Williams said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. 

Whitfield’s mother lives near the street where he was found, Williams said.

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Rapper mad over ‘diss’ track shoots wrong home, kills 9-year-old girl, Dallas cops say



The 9-year-old Dallas girl who was shot in gang-related gunfire this week was killed by accident during a feud between two rappers, according to police.

Dallas police said in a news release Thursday that Tyrese Simmons, a 19-year-old rapper, is the main suspect in the death of 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett. Simmons has turned himself in, CBS DFW reports.

Simmons went to an apartment building on Munger Avenue in Old East Dallas around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to confront someone, but the person would not come out, according to police — so Simmons “circled around to the back of the apartment complex and opened fire on the wrong apartment, fatally striking Brandoniya who was inside at the time.”

According to police, the gunman and intended target “used social media to disparage” one another in an argument that “ultimately led to the shooting.” Police described Simmons as upset over a rival’s “diss” track, according to CBS DFW. The TV station reported that Brandoniya “was simply sitting on her couch when she was stuck by a bullet in the head.” Police said the girl had nothing to do with either rapper, FOX 4 reports.

The shooting proved fatal despite the efforts of police, firefighters and witnesses to rush Brandoniya for medical care, according to CBS. Brandoniya was pronounced dead at Baylor Hospital, police said.

“This is a baby,” said Lakeitha Washington, a friend of the victim’s mother, according to KTVT. “This is crazy; this is beyond crazy.”

Authorities got emotional speaking of the girl’s death, according to FOX 4.

“Those are the people that don’t think about safety because — as adults, as parents, as police officers — we’re supposed to make them safe. As community leaders, we’re supposed to make them safe,” said Maj. Danny Williams, per FOX 4. “She was sitting in her house. She felt safe.”

Detectives said the shooting was gang-related.

Williams asked for anyone with information in the case to come forward, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“She was 9 years old. She would have started school today,” Williams said at a press conference. “She got her nails done yesterday.”

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9-Year-Old Black Girl Shot, Killed In Old East Dallas



UPDATED: August 14, 2019  1:15 PM – Dallas police say Tyrese Simmons, 19, is the suspect in the gang-related shooting death of Brandoniya Bennett. Witnesses told police a rap battle in front of the little girl’s apartment lead to the violence.

A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed in the 3500 block of Munger Avenue in Dallas on Wednesday.

It happened at an apartment complex around 5:30 p.m.

Police said someone fired a gun into the wrong apartment.

Police have determined the shooting was gang-related.

Police say the suspects came to an apartment looking for a tenant inside.

When the tenant refused to come out, suspects went around to the back of the building.

One of the suspects fired a shot into the wrong apartment, striking the young girl, police said.

Police said they are searching for the suspects.

Lakeitha Washington told CBS 11 she is best friends with the deceased child’s mother.

“I was praying for better news,” Washington said. “This is a baby. This is crazy. This is beyond crazy messed up.”

Anyone with information regarding this deadly shooting, can call Dallas Police Homicide at 214-671-3584.

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Man shot to death by Fort Worth police had been a police officer, Marine



An armed man killed by a Fort Worth police officer during a domestic disturbance call was a former Tarrant County law enforcement officer who had more than 3,600 hours of training including courses on active shooters and de-escalation techniques.

John Michael George, 46, had retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, according to his Facebook posts and public records.

George, whose wife filed for divorce in July, was shot and killed Sunday when he displayed a handgun and failed to obey the commands of Fort Worth police officers, police said.

Fort Worth police responded to the domestic disturbance call in the 5800 block of Blue Ridge Drivein east Fort Worth, where they found George’s wife and her mother outside of a residence, police said. Officers determined George’s wife, Megan O’Neal, had been a victim of domestic violence.

O’Neal could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

George, who was from Anaheim, California, was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993 until 2015, according to his Facebook page.

In June 2015, George was a temporary jailer with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department and got his jailer license in July 2015, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records.

George attended the Tarrant College District Training Center for police officers and completed training in May 2016.

He then got his peace officer’s license and was a police officer in Mansfield, the Tarrant County Hospital District and the Tarrant Regional Water District from June 2016 until this February.

He was a jailer for four months and a police officer in Tarrant County for two years and six months, according to TCOLE documents.

In the time he was jailer and police officer, George completed 3,607 hours of training.

The training included SWAT sniper courses, interacting with drivers deaf or hard of hearing, Spanish for law enforcement, defense tactics when encountering canines, missing and exploited children, marine safety enforcement, human trafficking, and fire and life safety.

When he was a Mansfield police officer, George competed eight hours of training on active shooter response and 40 hours on mental health officer training.

At the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Academy, George took an eight-hour course on de-escalation techniques, according to TCOLE records.

George was last employed as police officer at the Tarrant Regional Water District from April 2018 until February.

“His most recently held position was TRWD patrol officer,” said Tarrant Regional Water District spokesman Chad Lorance in a Wednesday email.

Officials did not comment on why he left the TRWD in February.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Fort Worth police received the call shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Officers entered the home, where they were confronted by George, who displayed a handgun, police said. Officers gave verbal commands, but the suspect did not cooperate, police said.

At some point, an officer fired because he feared for his life, police said.

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