On Monday evening, traffic was stopped near Mockingbird Lane at Central Expressway. Police were on the scene, blocking traffic heading south on the access road and toward SMU.

But no one really knew what was going on. Neighbors commented on social media that there was an active shooter. Someone else claimed there was an accident that caused a fuel spill. Some people reported hearing gunshots.

The City of University Park tweeted at 8:31 p.m. that police were investigating “a suspicious vehicle” at the intersection and asked people to avoid the area. About an hour later, at 9:41 p.m., the City tweeted an update, saying police activity had ended and traffic was returning to normal.

We asked the University Park Police Department to send the incident report.

According to the document, a man reported that another man was passed out inside his vehicle in the middle of the street, heading east on Mockingbird before Central Expressway. A few minutes later, at 7:25 p.m., the police reported that the man in the vehicle had a weapon. Dallas Police was called, and officers were told they needed to block the intersection at Mockingbird and Airline Road.

The man in the vehicle was reported to be wearing a bulletproof vest, and then Dallas Fire-Rescue was alerted. Around 7:27 p.m., the westbound and eastbound lanes were blocked, and the Highland Park Police Department was notified. SMU Police arrived at 7:30 p.m.

Then police said the person had a weapon on their waistband around 7:34 p.m. They put spikes in front of the vehicle a few minutes later.

After the fact, an SMU dispatcher called University Park police and said based on a video, the car had been sitting idle at the location since around 5:50 p.m.

So, there was a person who had a gun and was passed out in a vehicle, which caused University Park police, Highland Park police, Dallas police, SMU police and Dallas Fire-Rescue to get involved.

And at the end, the incident that provoked substantial discussion was resolved, and traffic was restored.


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