Selma man arrested after gun altercation

Published 9:24 pm Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Selma man was arrested Thursday after an altercation on Mabry Street.

Jesse James Turner Jr.,45, is facing weapons charges, according to Selma Police Department (SPD) Chief Spencer Collier.

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At approximately 1:30 pm, SPD responded to the 100 Block of Mabry Street regarding a call of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers heard at least a dozen rounds being fired from inside an apartment.  Officers secured the scene and then entered the residence from the rear of the apartment.  At which point, a male suspect fled out the front of the apartment armed with an AR 15, according to Collier.  The subject was apprehended by Selma Special Operations and Patrol Units at gunpoint as he fled out the front door.  The subject is facing weapons charges and his family was referred to Dallas County Probate Court for an emergency mental health commitment, according to Collier.

Collier was on scene and praised the restraint of officers for resolving the situation without using deadly force.

“Today’s events again demonstrate the courage of our officers, who had to deal with gunfire from a high-powered rifle without rifle rated body armor,” said Collier. “How many times do our officers have to be shot or run the risk of being shot at before we are properly equipped?”

Collier said Selma PD has been dealing with a disproportionate number of ambushes against officers with high powered rifles.  This includes the shooting of Officer. Micah Hale who survived after being shot by several .223 rounds approximately six weeks ago. Collier did applaud other local law enforcement agencies, private organizations and individuals that have been donating money or purchasing proper rifle rated body armor for officers.

“At some point, City appropriators have to realize that not properly equipping officers becomes a pattern and practice that creates a great deal liability for the City.  Plus, our officers simply deserve better,” Collier said.