Jerry Ford

A police pursuit for a suspect in a homicide that began in Dallas on the morning of Sept. 4 ended in Mesquite with the arrest of Jerry Ford, 58.

According to Dallas PD, at about 10:10 a.m. Dallas officers responded to the 8900 block of Park Lane at the Ivanhoe Apartments. It was stated that Ford had called 911 and indicated that he had killed someone at that location. When officers arrived they found Nicole McChriston, 40, deceased. Police stated in a press release that her death was due to homicidal violence.

At about 12:40 p.m., Mesquite Police Department dispatch received a request for assistance from Dallas PD in apprehending Ford.

According to MPD, before Mesquite Police units arrived to the area, marked Dallas PD units had attempted to stop Ford’s vehicle. When he refused to stop for officers a short pursuit ensued and he ultimately lost control of his vehicle and wrecked in the 500 block of Parkwood Trail in Mesquite in the front yard of a residence. 

Dallas police officers were then involved in a shooting where Ford was struck by gunfire. Officers provided first aid to the suspect until Fire Department Paramedics arrived on scene.  Police stated that Ford was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Mesquite PD stated that while processing the scene, investigators located a large chrome bladed hunting style knife by the suspect’s vehicle.

Dallas PD stated that the suspect will be charged with murder, a felony of the first degree. His bond will be determined by a Dallas County Magistrate.

Murder in Texas is a first degree felony. This charge typically carries a sentence of between five and 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

(Updated 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4)

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