“Brown told reporters that three officers arrived on scene on the 5300 block of Bourquin Street to find four men inside the home attempting to “scurry” out of doors and windows. Brown said officers saw a handgun on a table in the house.
According to Brown, Ofc. Brian Rowden, an eight year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, pursued James Harper, 31, on foot. Police said the pursuit included fist fights and jumping over three fences. Brown said after the third fence, Rowden was barely hanging onto Harper and was fatigued when Harper said, “You are going to have to kill me.”
Brown said Rowden feared for his life, pulled his weapon and shot Harper, who then collapsed. While witnesses on scene believed Harper had been shot in the back, Brown said it appeared he had been shot in the stomach and hand. The Dallas County Medical Examiner will determine the final cause of death.”
“While Harper’s family tearfully told reporters he was shot in the back, Brown said it was too early to make that conclusion. The Medical Examiner will be the one who determines that.”