Police ShootingLaw enforcement officials in Irving, Texas, shot a man to death in a hotel parking lot on Sunday evening. The man was wanted on multiple felony warrants and suspected to be violent; however, the use of force in this fatal shooting is currently being investigated by Texas authorities.

The deceased suspect was first identified by an officer out on patrol at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The individual's car was parked outside a hotel not far from the site of the old Texas Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys used to play. The man was known to be violent in the past, so police deployed a SWAT team to assist in his arrest.

Police Say Their Lives Were in Danger

After monitoring the location for over five hours, police observed the man trying to get in his car and drive away. While fleeing, the suspect rammed his car into a police van, which was blockading the hotel parking lot's entrance. Two police officers immediately started shooting at the suspect because they thought their lives were in danger. The man died from gunshot wounds at the scene.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office is currently investigating the shooting to determine if the officers had sufficient cause to shoot the man. In the meantime, the two officers who fired at the man have been placed on administrative leave.

Authorities say that the deceased man had four pending felony warrants out for his arrest. The warrants involved charges of evading arrest, firearm possession, narcotics possession and identity theft.

Could This Be an Example of Excessive Force?

Police are trained to use force when necessary -- both to protect themselves and the public from potentially violent individuals. Police know hand-to-hand combat techniques, they carry stun guns, tasers, batons and firearms to carry out this duty. However, sometimes police cross the line and they use more force than is necessary given the situation. When individuals are killed or suffer injury as a result of excessive police force, the incidents may give rise to wrongful death and personal injury claims.

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