Video: Dallas PD robot helps end 6-hour standoff with suspect at golf course
As officers pursued the suspect, he ran into the golf course, began shooting at golfers and stole their cart before a standoff began with police
By Ashley Silver
DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department's police robot helped end a tense, six-hour standoff between police and a suspect at a golf course on Wednesday.
FOX 4 News reported the incident began when police identified a vehicle with stolen plates and attempted to pull over the driver. Kevin Knowles, 31, attempted to elude, eventually crashing his car and sprinting into the Grover C. Keeton Golf Course in Dallas.
Ty Martinez, a visitor at the golf course, told FOX 4 a man approached people who were playing on the fourth hole and the golfers offered the man a ride in their cart.
"At some point in the transaction, they ended up getting shot at by the gentleman. The gentleman stole the golf cart and he tried to flee to the front entrance," Martinez said.
Knowles then ran into a drainage culvert that officers surrounded. Authorities attempted to negotiate with him for the next several hours. During that time, Knowles shot at SWAT officers, hitting a ballistic shield before officers used a police robot to deploy gas inside the drainage culvert.
Knowles can be seen on video attempting to flee after smoke permeated the drainage area, but officers quickly surrounded Knowles, taking him into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accident involving injury and unlawful possession of a weapon.