Agencies: Dallas Police Department
Last updated: 7 months ago
According to police and the lawsuit, around 10 p.m. on July 17 officers were dispatched the house in the 1600 block of Connor Drive; a neighbor had called 911 after hearing loud noises coming from inside the abode. Officers initially believe someone was ransacking the house. But, no: Police said Pinedo had been drinking whiskey at a friend’s house and grown belligerent during his binge. The friend asked him to leave, so Pinedo walked with a buddy to the house owned by his father.
When Meltabarger and Robinson pulled up, police say, they saw Pinedo looking around inside the darkened house with a flashlight and ordered him outside. But he was in bad shape, police said: Pinedo, rambling to himself, ran around in circles, fell to the ground in the fetal position, started banging at the ground, then got up and threw a cell phone at Meltabarger’s head before he charged at the Robinson. Maltabarger, a 13-year-veteran at the time, discharged his Taser; Robinson, who was newly out of the police academy, fired his gun.
March 2014 Lawsuit filed