Man Killed in South Dallas Stabbing, Suspect at Large

Dallas police unit behind crime scene tape
Dallas police unit behind crime scene tape | Image by NBC 5 DFW

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man that happened early Friday morning in South Dallas.

Officers from the Dallas Police Department were dispatched to the 4300 block of South Malcolm X Boulevard shortly before 1 a.m. They found a male victim unresponsive on the sidewalk in front of a business. He had been stabbed with an unknown object by a perpetrator, who was believed to have fled the scene before the arrival of police, per WFAA.

Despite the best efforts of Dallas Fire-Rescue to revive the man, he died from his injuries at the scene. He has not been publicly identified, as the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working on its report. Police have not released any information on the suspect, stating only that the victim was stabbed during a fight with another man.

Anyone with tips that may lead to an arrest can contact Det. Joann Castillo at 214-671-4739 or [email protected].

The stabbing death occurred in Council Member Adam Bazaldua’s District 7, where two high school seniors were gunned down in front of a convenience store in late March, as covered by The Dallas Express. No arrests have been made in the double murder.

Of the 54 criminal homicides logged in Dallas as of April 4, nine took place in District 7, the City’s crime analytics dashboard. Only Council Members Tennell Atkins’ District 8 and Carolyn King Arnold’s District 4 have seen more murders, clocking 11 each. The majority of murder victims have been black and Hispanic males.

The murder rate rose by 15% between 2022 and 2023, with DPD struggling in its efforts to curb violent crime amid a significant officer shortage. Although a City report recommended a force of roughly 4,000 officers, DPD fields only around 3,000. The effects of this shortage have been evident in Downtown Dallas, which regularly sees more crime than Fort Worth’s city center. A dedicated police unit and private security guards patrol the latter.

Yet City leaders have approved a budget of $654 million for DPD this year, which is considerably less than the spending on police seen in other high-crime jurisdictions, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.

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