Tuesday, May 27, 2008
DALLAS -- Police last week arrested a suicidal Dallas man with a gun who led officers on a slow-speed chase, officials said.
Jered B. Schmidt, 31, was charged with attempting to elude, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
He was transported to West Valley Hospital for evaluation and later lodged at Polk County Jail.
"This was a classic example where less-lethal munitions (beanbag rounds) likely prevented serious injury and possibly helped save a life," said Dallas Deputy Chief Tom Simpson.
The ordeal began at 9 p.m. on May 21, when police received a call regarding a disturbed subject in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue, Simpson said.
"During the discussion with Jered's father, officers confirmed comments made by his son which suggested he planned to force officers to cause his death," Simpson said.
Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Fenk located Jered Schmidt in his red Jeep Cherokee as he turned from Highway 22 to Highway 99W and continued on toward Dallas. He obeyed speed limits, but refused to yield to emergency lights and sirens, Simpson said.
Schmidt led sheriff's deputies and Dallas police on a slow-speed pursuit on East Ellendale into town, out to Oak Villa Road then west to his parent's home on Walnut Avenue.
Authorities evacuated the Schmidt home and other nearby residences, Simpson said.
Schmidt parked in the driveway, refused to get out, then brandished the pistol.
Fenk tried to persuade Schmidt to surrender peacefully while Dallas Officer Rob Hatchell prepared beanbag shotgun, Simpson said.
Schmidt stepped out of the Cherokee with the gun in hand and after ignoring calls to drop the weapon, was shot in the back and leg with several nonlethal rounds, Simpson said.
Schmidt held onto the revolver got back into the vehicle and shut the door. Fenk eventually convinced Schmidt to throw away the gun and step outside. He was then taken into custody without further incident.