On September 14, 2023, at approximately 1:25 pm, Dallas Police received a distress call reporting a shooting incident in the 4800 block of Scyene Avenue.
Upon arrival at the scene, preliminary investigations revealed that an individual had been shot at that location. Officers at the scene witnessed the suspected shooter discharging a firearm into a vehicle. In response to this threat, the suspect then opened fire on the officers, prompting them to return fire.
The suspect subsequently fled the scene, leading officers on a pursuit that concluded in the 4700 block of Second Avenue. During the pursuit, the suspect once again fired at the officers, who retaliated with gunfire.
Regrettably, during this exchange, one officer sustained an injury as a result of being struck in their protective vest. The injured officer was swiftly transported to a local hospital and is currently reported to be in stable condition.
As the investigation unfolds, law enforcement is actively searching for the suspect involved in these events. Detectives have determined that the initial shooting was not a random act, as both the suspect and the victim were acquainted with each other.
Tragically, the victim in the Scyene Avenue shooting succumbed to their injuries. Authorities are withholding the victim's identity until their next of kin has been notified.
Dallas Police are appealing to the public for assistance in locating the suspect, who is now wanted for a homicide in the 4800 block of Scyene Avenue, as well as for shooting at Dallas Police officers, resulting in the injury of one officer, in the 4700 block of Second Avenue. If anyone possesses information related to this case, please contact 214-671-3467.
UPDATE: The suspect in today’s homicide and officer involved shooting is in custody. He was taken into custody in the area of the 2000 block of South Valley Parkway in Lewisville. The suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Juan Vincente Zavala Lopez. He has been charged with Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault in the homicide on Scyene, and four counts of Aggravated Assault Peace Officer. He was taken to the Dallas County Jail.
UPDATE #2: The victim has been identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner as 58-year-old Ruperto Mondragon-Salgado.