A surveillance video released by police captured a carjacking incident involving three teenagers and an undercover Dallas police officer, Nathaniel Chapman, which led to a shootout. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday August 9th in the 2400 block of Northwest Highway, near Interstate 35E. Chapman, part of the North Crime Response Team, reported being shot and having his covert vehicle stolen.
The video shows the teenagers approaching Chapman’s car in a parking lot and demanding he exit his vehicle at gunpoint. Chapman, upon exiting, exchanged gunfire with the suspects, sustaining a non-life-threatening injury in his left leg. The suspects fired at least nine times but were not hit themselves.
The three suspects, identified as 19-year-old Redricous Lewis, 17-year-old Redtravion Polk, and 18-year-old Xavier Cook, were later apprehended in Shreveport, Louisiana. They have been charged with aggravated robbery, and Polk and Cook also face state charges in Louisiana.
Following a tip from the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Shreveport Violent Offender Task Force located Lewis at an apartment in Shreveport. During a search operation, Lewis attempted to escape but was subsequently arrested. Additional suspects were arrested, and firearms were seized from the apartment, with further charges possible.
Chapman was treated for his injuries and is recovering at home. His covert vehicle was later found abandoned near the incident site. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia highlighted the risks faced by officers combating violent crime and noted that this was the eighth officer-involved shooting in Dallas in 2023, with suspects firing at officers in six of these incidents.