Texas police shoot black man, 27, after he ‘charged them with a knife and club’ – but family insists he ‘has mental health problems and only carried a walking stick’
- Dallas resident Ashton Pinke, 27, was shot by officers on Tuesday in a suburb of Mesquite
- Mesquite police received a 911 call where a woman was heard screaming and crying in the background, police said.
- Relatives at the scene said Pinke was known to police for a history of mental health, but said they were ‘stunned’ by the shooting
A black man was shot dead by two Texas police officers after allegedly accusing them of a ‘knife and club’ – though his family and witnesses have reportedly maintained that he only carried a walking stick.
Dallas resident Ashton Pinke, 27, was gunned down by officers in the Mesquite suburb on Tuesday after Mesquite police received an emergency call that saw a woman screaming and crying in the background. release.
Family members who spoke WFAA on the spot, said Pinke was known to police for a history of mental health, but said they were “ stunned ” by the shooting.
Police said in the release that he was holding a ‘knife and club’, but witnesses and family members have insisted that he be shot with a walking stick that he uses every day when he was shot.
Dallas resident Ashton Pinke, 27, was gunned down by officers in the Mesquite suburb on Tuesday
An aerial photo shows police responding to the scene where a black man was shot in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite
Relatives said Pinke was known to the police for a history of mental health
Police said in the release that he was holding a ‘knife and bat.’
Witnesses and family members have insisted that he be shot with a walking stick that he uses daily when shot. PICTURE: The Audubon Park Apartments at the 5800 block of Northwest Drive in Mesquite
Pinke’s uncle, whose name was not given, told WFAA that “it is not equivalent.”
‘A walking stick – it has to run towards you. You fight with bullets. That’s distance. You are winning. You can’t… you can’t win against a gun, ”the uncle said.
He added: ‘Why can’t you just bully him? Is that all I say? Why couldn’t you just bully him? ‘
Local activists have already begun calling on Mesquite Police to release camera footage of the body for transparency on what happened, which police said will be released to the public later this week, WFAA reported.
Agents were sent to the Audubon Park Apartments at the 5800 block of Northwest Drive in Mesquite after pinging the phone’s address during the call, police said in the news report.
A victim is said to have told police who replied that Pinke was “armed with a knife.” When the police confronted him, according to the police, he would have “charged the officers, armed with a knife and a club.”
The officers then performed first aid on Pinke until he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said another ambulance was also requested for a ‘sexual assault victim’.
Police have not provided the names for the two veteran officers involved in the shooting: a female cop with 25 years of experience and a male cop with 21 years of experience. Officials said no officers were injured in the shooting.
Officials said the two officers were placed on administrative leave with pay under a departmental policy and that detectives from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene.
According to WFAA, Pinke’s family has retained civil rights attorney Justin Moore to represent them.
“Sadly, the lack of proper response from Mesquite police ended in Ashton being shot and killed,” the statement read.
Ashton was by no means armed with a pistol or deadly weapon to justify the use of deadly force by officers on the ground. My office is committed to investigating all civil rights claims against Ashton’s family, while demanding full transparency in any investigation to be conducted by law enforcement in the future. ‘
DailyMail.com has reached out to Moore for more information and additional comments.