AUSTIN (AP) — Mac Davis, the 17-year-old who died Thursday after being hospitalized with brain damage from a seizure, was the youngest of the five young men killed in a Dallas police shooting that began as a robbery investigation and ended as a hostage standoff that killed four officers.
He was the third of the slain officers to be killed by a police officer.
Dallas police Chief David Brown said Davis, who lived in a nearby neighborhood, was shot after he tried to take a gun from one of the officers who was also wounded.
Brown said the officers had no choice but to shoot Davis.
Brown did not immediately provide a timeline for when the officers will be able to speak with Davis’ family.
The police chief said Davis’ father and stepmother attended his funeral.
He did not elaborate.
Brown would not say if the family plans to file a lawsuit against the police department.
He said the police have the right to make arrests.
Davis was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died at 6:30 p.m.
He had been hospitalized in serious condition since being taken to the hospital, Brown said.
Davis had a history of mental illness, Brown added.
“He was very bright.
He would always smile.
He loved the outdoors, and he loved to play basketball and golf.”
A memorial service was held Friday at a home where Davis lived with his mother and two older siblings.
“We’re in mourning for Mac,” said his mother, Laura Davis.
“I’m so glad to have him back.
He’s so much fun to have around the house.”
The family of another victim, 19-year.old Micah Johnson, also in critical condition, has not been publicly identified.
Johnson, of Oak Cliff, Texas, was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University at Albany.
He worked at a gas station and a convenience store.
Johnson was with his father, Joshua Johnson, when he was shot.
Joshua Johnson and his wife, Kimberly Johnson, were on their way home from a church services.
Joshua’s wife said she didn’t know how he was able to hold the gun so tightly.
“This guy couldn’t hold it up for too long, so he just got pulled out of the car, put the gun down and shot,” she said.
The Dallas Police Department declined to release the names of the three officers who were wounded in the shootout.
One of them, 25-year veteran Michael Mays, was in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Dallas after being shot in the abdomen and leg.
The other, 32-year officer Jose Estrada, was treated and released.
Brown has said the shooting was an “accidental death.”
Brown said that the two officers who fired the shots were cleared from the shooting by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.
The medical examiner has said he cannot release the results of that autopsy because the cause of death is pending.
The shooting happened in the 1100 block of West Florissant Street in the Austin neighborhood.
Davis’ mother said her son had a reputation as a good kid.
“His father would tell us how much he loved kids, and how he wanted to be a father,” she told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
“When he was young he was going to play hockey and basketball.
I don’t think he even knew the name of that sport.
He liked basketball.
The Associated Press has not independently verified the police investigation.”
A police department spokesperson said Friday that the Dallas police were cooperating fully with the criminal investigation.
The Associated Press has not independently verified the police investigation.