Two Dead After Drug Deal Goes Wrong at The Phoenix

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Praveen Sathianathan and Aida Ahmed
psathianat@smu.edu, aahmed@smu.edu

Police search a car at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Two suspects are charged with capital murder after a drug-related shooting near Burger Street in the 5600 Block of Mockingbird Lane claimed the lives of two men Wednesday night.

The Dallas Police Department said Jason Greer Frappier, 24, and Chrisitian Avalos, 25, have been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Chadwick Daniel Ryan, 27, of Arlington and Robert Manuel Allen, 29, of Dallas.

According to Dallas Police Lt. David Pughes, three men were sitting in a Jaguar and one man was outside the car when the drug deal went awry. Shots were fired and the two suspects ran away on foot toward the Phoenix Midtown apartments. Chadwick Daniel Ryan died at the scene. Allen was taken to Baylor University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Frappier, who was shot in the elbow at the scene, was also taken to Baylor, where he is being treated and guarded by police. Avalos was arrested, taken to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and is refusing to cooperate with police officers.

The incident, which happened next to the Phoenix apartment complex, is suspected to be a drug deal gone awry.

Police found marijuana and money in the Jaguar, and after a search warrant was issued for an apartment in the Phoenix, a total of 30 pounds of marijuana was found. Three weapons were also recovered at the scene.

In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Lt. Pughes said the two suspects were believed to be living in the apartment.

Management at the Phoenix declined to comment on the incident.

Witnesses nearby, including an off-duty officer who was stationed at the Kroger Grocery store about 50 yards away, came running to the scene.

Police are in the process of contacting 50 witnesses that saw parts of the shooting. There is also a surveillance tape from the nearby Kroger that may have the shooting on tape.

SMU issued a crime alert Thursday morning verifying that no SMU students were involved in the incident.

Disclaimer: The video below may disturb some readers. Watch at your own discretion.

VIDEO: Press Conference, Phoenix Shooting from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Video by Praveen Sathianathan
Still Photography by Stuart Palley
Video Editing by Andy Garcia

Stay tuned to the Daily Mustang as this story develops.

VIDEO: Health Care at Lew Sterrett Justice Center

February 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Bridget Bennett
brekow@smu.edu

Everyone has been talking about health care in their community. But have you ever wondered about how health care works in the jail community? The Daily Mustang’s Bridget Bennett went into Lew Sterrett Justice Center to find out exactly how inmates with illnesses are treated.

VIDEO: Dallas County Jail Healthcare from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.