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Dallas Officer Fired After Allegedly Assaulting Another Officer

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Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia | Image by WFAA

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Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia fired one of his officers after an incident in an Uber on November 18.

Officer Anthony Heims was arrested by fellow Dallas Police Department officers and charged with aggravated assault, according to a news release. Heims allegedly pointed a gun at another off-duty officer in the front seat of an Uber they were sharing.

The Uber driver called 911 and reported that a backseat passenger shot a front-seat passenger, according to reports by local news outlet WFAA Dallas.

The Uber driver claimed Heims pointed a gun at the other passenger’s head as he drove them to a gated community, according to an affidavit.

The driver also stated that the two passengers “struggled over the pistol, which went off into the roof of the vehicle, damaging the sunroof,” according to the affidavit. Officers reportedly recovered a Glock 26 — a 9 mm pistol — from the Uber’s front seat, along with 12 live ammunition cartridges, and a fired shell casing.

After his arrest early Friday morning, Heims was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an expedited administrative investigation conducted by internal affairs police. On Saturday, Chief Garcia announced that Heims had been fired.

Heims can appeal the decision under the city’s civil service rules. Robert Rogers, Heims’ attorney, released a statement after the firing:

“A rush to judgment and a hurried investigation [does] not serve the best interest of justice,” Rogers said. “My client will appeal.”

Most recently assigned to Southeast Patrol Division, Heims has been in the department since September 2013.

Heims was the second Dallas officer to be arrested last week on assault charges.

Officer Javier Granados was arrested last Thursday and faces charges of assault (family violence), a class A misdemeanor, according to a news release.

Granados has been with the department since 2019 and is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation.

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Michael
Michael
9 days ago

To bad the RACIST WHITE MEDIA can’t black people for this, too bad,p.s..black people know that the 2 people that survived the stabbings of the 4 college students last week, can’t be black, what other reasons they are not suspects, nor have they photos been shown
RACISM WHITE SUPREMACY alive and well.

William Danielson
William Danielson
9 days ago

99% of cops make the whole Police Force look bad!

Charlene mcclelland
Charlene mcclelland
9 days ago

🙄🙄🙄(you said be kind)

Pap
Pap
9 days ago

It says the passenger in front was also a police officer. In other reports, it said the passenger was inebriated. Were they off duty? What was the beef between them. Too many things left unsaid.

A lot of mental and emotional anguish in this country now and constantly hollering RACIST is not helping anything. I have not read anywhere that the passenger was black, so lost on the comment made on here or the reason for it, except just to stir the pot.

Police officers are comprised of humans, so they are not any more perfect than the rest of us. Expecting officers to always contain their emotions in dangerous situations is presumptuous. Although, most of them do. People make comments about how police could have done this or that differently. That’s called being a Monday morning quarterback. Hindsight is 20/20. But put those same people mouthing off in the officer’s situation, they would crap their pants. Police put their lives on the line every day and they deserve respect. You cannot have a sane, civilized society without them. To expect an officer to not shoot an armed assailant and just sacrifice his life to avoid criticisms from ignorant people is just ludicrous.

You think you have all the answers, stop criticizing and BECOME A POLICE OFFICER! We’re waiting for your perfection.

Djea3
Djea3
Reply to  Pap
9 days ago

What are you babbling about? An off duty police officer threatened another officer with a loaded pistol, The drive reported to police. The two officers struggled and a shot was fired.

  1. Felony assault with a loaded weapon charges should be pending NO MATTER WHAT ELSE.
  2. The officer that drew his weapon needs to loose his job PERMANENTLY as well as his RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.

he committed at least TWO felonies that I know of. Both gun related. This means no gun rights for him FOREVER, just like any other scumbag that commits these crimes.

He should be talking about whether he can have PROBATION with a felony conviction, not his job.

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Djea3
7 days ago

I actually meant to respond to Michael’s comment. He keeps making ignorant racism statements that have nothing to do with anything. Yes, that officer was in the wrong and should be fired and punished. But he is the exception, not the rule. Most police officers are good people and dedicated to serve and protect.

Djea3
Djea3
9 days ago

Sorry, but there can be NO POSSIBLE excuse or other result from any secondary review.
This officer risked the life of another officer as well as the driver and any passersby.
In fact, the question in my mind now is the other officer? What of him? something is terribly wrong with him as well I think.

Either way, place me on a shooting review board and I will see that this officer not only loses his job but faces FELONY CHARGES for felony assault with a loaded weapon with intent to do bodily harm. I would see him in PRISON, not talkling about keeping his job.