(Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.)
After a suspect allegedly fired upon a Richardson Police officer, he led authorities on a pursuit that ended with a standoff at the Grayson County line Tuesday morning.
The suspect was taken into custody, and the Richardson Police Department identified the man as 19-year-old Justin Xavier Strait. Strait is facing charges of attempted capital murder and burglary, but police said more charges could be forthcoming.
Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said the incident began at about 2:15 a.m. when an officer responded to a burglary alarm call at a dealership at 601 S. Central Expressway — Lamborghini Dallas. A police news release says the officer saw broken glass and then observed a suspect inside.
The officer issued commands but the suspect did not comply. The suspect then approached the officer, and Perlich said he fired several rounds at the officer. The officer returned fired, and the suspect got into a white Infiniti SUV and fled. The officer was not injured, and the release notes that the vehicle was later found to be stolen.
Perlich did not disclosed what type of gun was used by the suspect, and he noted that the suspect didn’t take anything from the dealership.
“We don’t even know what he was doing inside the dealership; he didn’t have a real clear motive for being there,” Perlich said. “It wasn’t like he was trying to get a car or steal it. It wasn’t like he was damaging property inside there. He was just strolling through there like he was out there to purchase a car.”
The suspect fled north toward McKinney and police gave chase. The vehicle came to a stop at about 2:35 a.m. in the 2000 block of North Central Expressway north of U.S. Highway 380. The release noted that McKinney Police deployed a spike strip during the pursuit that deflated the passenger side tires.
Police became engaged in a standoff with the suspect, and they issued verbal commands for him to surrender. Perlich said police used pepper spray against the man in order to try to coax him out of the vehicle. The suspect did not comply with police commands, and he took off again at about 5:29 a.m.
The suspect traveled north toward Grayson County then came to stop at about 5:40 a.m. on U.S. Highway 75 just yards from the county line south of Van Alstyne. A Richardson armored tactical vehicle positioned itself behind the suspect’s vehicle as a Frisco Police tactical vehicle moved in front in order to prevent the vehicle from leaving. The release notes that Richardson SWAT personnel attempted to persuade the suspect to get out and surrender, but those attempts were not successful.
Police then used pepper spray again, and other less lethal devices such as bean bag rounds and a stun gun. Perlich noted police also used distraction type of equipment to disorientate the suspect. At about 7:50 a.m., the SWAT officers took the suspect our of the vehicle and apprehended him.
Perlich said the vehicle was taken back to Richardson and a warrant was obtained to search the vehicle. He noted that he’s not aware of any additional shots fired from the suspect since police made initial contact.
“There’s no indication that we’re aware of any additional shots outside of those when he was first initially contacted outside the Lamborghini dealership,” Perlich said.
Police released the suspect’s identity later Tuesday afternoon as they had to verify that information.
“He has given us a verbal on it, but we don’t know if this guy is telling us the truth or not,” Perlich said. “So we have to do some prints and we’re going to have to scan those and get them sent in and see what type of hits we get back on those scanned prints.”
Both directions of U.S. Highway 75 were closed near the Grayson County line as police were engaged in the standoff. Both sides of the highway reopened shortly after 8 a.m.