DeSoto, TX – An off-duty Dallas police officer mistook his own son for an intruder on Saturday night and shot him.
“It was a mistake,” DeSoto Police Detective Pete Schulte told reporters after the incident. “It was a startling situation. It was an accident.”
The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Dallas police officer’s home in the 1400-block of Carriage Creek Drive, KXAS reported.
Det. Schulte said the officer returned to his home in the Dallas suburb of Desoto and discovered his garage door was open and that several doors that had been unlocked when he left the house had been locked, USA Today reported.
“It caused him to have some concern that there’s something in the house. Then things happened very quickly,” Det. Schulte said.
The detective said the off-duty Dallas officer told responding officers that he wanted to check the house out himself before calling 911 so that he didn’t “waste” a phone call to 911, USA Today reported.
The officer, who was described as a long-term veteran of the Dallas Police Department, encountered his son inside the home, and mistakenly believing that he was an intruder, opened fire and shot him in the arm.
Det. Schulte said police didn’t fault the officer for not calling 911 before he checked his house, but also insisted that they don’t wouldn’t consider the call a waste of time, USA Today reported.
“If you come home and something doesn’t feel right, doesn’t bother us at all. Go ahead and call 911 so we can come out and check it out,” the detective said.
The son, who police said was in his 20s, was transported to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, USA Today reported.
The officer was not expected to be charged in the incident.
“This just happens to be one of those situations where accidents do happen,” Det. Schulte said.
Desoto police have not released the name of the officer or his son, according to KXAS.
The Dallas Police Department told USA Today in an email that its Internal Affairs Division was investigating the officer-involved shooting.