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Reward Increased in Arlington Police Officer Darrin McMichael Hit-and-Run Investigation

The investigation into the tragic hit-and-run incident that led to the untimely death of Officer Darrin McMichael of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office has taken a significant turn. In a recent development, Hart HVAC has stepped forward, contributing an additional $10,000 to the reward fund aimed at securing information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

This generous donation brings the total reward money to a substantial $35,000, with North Texas Crime Stoppers contributing $15,000, Oak Farms Dairy providing another $15,000, and an anonymous donor offering $5,000. Authorities are urging anyone with vital information about the incident to come forward.

Individuals with information can contact the Dallas County Sheriff's Office at (214) 749-5189 or reach out to North Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477. It's essential to note that in order to be eligible for the $15,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, tips must be submitted through their dedicated hotline.

The collaboration between law enforcement agencies is evident in this case. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, leading the investigation, has received support from the Arlington Police Department. Three experienced personnel, including an investigative sergeant and two detectives, have been assigned to assist the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office in their efforts to uncover the truth.

Sgt. Grant Gildon of the Arlington Police Department emphasized the importance of this investigation, stating, “No one wants justice in this case more than the Arlington Police Department. It’s a top priority for us, and Chief Al Jones has directed us to provide any necessary resources and assistance to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.”

Authorities are appealing to businesses along I-20, particularly those situated between Highway 175 and I-45, to review their surveillance footage from 5:45 am to 6:15 am on Thursday, September 21, 2023. They are also urging trucking companies whose vehicles traveled along I-20 through Dallas during that time frame to check their on-board dash cameras for any relevant footage.

Detective Hernandez emphasized the need for community cooperation, stating, “We believe someone out there knows what happened or knows who is responsible for this. We need you to do the right thing and come forward. Anyone with information should contact us.”

A close friend of Officer McMichael’s, APD Officer William Bill, expressed the shared sentiment among the law enforcement community, saying, “There’s comfort in closure. That’s what we need. We need to come full circle.”

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