Dallas officer blocking accident scene struck, killed by intoxicated driver

DALLAS (AP) – Authorities said a suspected drunk driver was arrested after beating and killing a Dallas police officer who was blocking the scene of the accident.

Police said in a statement that officer Mitchell Penton was standing next to his patrol car and the emergency lights were on early Saturday when the suspect slammed into Penton’s vehicle and hit the officer.

Witnesses told police the driver, Phillip Mabry, 32, drove very quickly. The police didn’t say that Mabry was accelerating.

Penton died in a hospital.

Mabry was arrested on a warrant for manslaughter of a police officer and a poisoning attack.

Officer Mitchell Penton, # 11654, your sacrifice and dedication will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace. @DPDChiefGarcia pic.twitter.com/WnM2tPth3v

– Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) February 13, 2021

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