Chief Says Errors Occurred During Arlington Standoff

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Arlington police chief says an armed triple murder suspect was able escape a police barricade and kill himself after a seven-hour standoff because of equipment failures, incomplete preparation and communication problems.

In a report to the Arlington City Council, Police Chief Theron Bowman said errors occurred during the October 12th standoff. It ended when Arthur Jackson drove around police vehicles, sped through town, drove into Lake Arlington and fatally shot himself.

Jackson had parked in the driveway of an Arlington house after dropping off his blood-covered but unharmed three-year-old daughter with a relative at a nearby church. He had killed his wife and two stepchildren in their Fort Worth home.

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