Suspect who had hours-long SWAT standoff at Dallas golf course is identified

Dallas police said a suspect crashed a car with stolen plates, ran from the car into a wooded area and fired shots.

DALLAS — Dallas police have arrested a suspect in a culvert at the Keeton Golf Course after they say he crashed a car with possible stolen plates, ran into a wooded area and fired shots. 

DPD told WFAA that officers were behind a vehicle with stolen plates in the area of the 500 block of North St. Augustine Road and its helicopter was called in to assist. The car stopped after it was involved in a crash near Bruton Road and Jim Miller Road, near the Keeton Golf Course, DPD officials said.

The suspect, identified as Kevin Knowles, 31, was teargassed and ran out of the culvert shortly before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. 

A golf course official told WFAA reporter William Joy the suspect then stole a golf cart from older men at the fourth hole and fired at them. The official also said the men threw a club at the suspect.

Many golfers were locked in the clubhouse while the incident was ongoing, including a 14-year-old girl, Maddie West.

“It’s crazy to be there and know there’s an active shooter right next to you, at the same course of you,” she told WFAA after spending six hours in the clubhouse. 

Maddie said police did a headcount and 81 people were in the clubhouse. Most of them, she said, were clearly many decades older than her. 

They all made sure she felt safe and had food to eat.

“There was a whole bunch of older guys all around me, all retired. So, I found some way to make conversation with them while they were drinking beers,” she said, giggling.

Multiple SWAT vehicles responded to the incident. 

Maddie added how thankful she and all the other golfers were for law enforcement’s efforts.

“Something bad definitely could’ve happened, and I’m grateful no one was hurt.”

A law enforcement source to WFAA Senior Crime & Justice Reporter Rebecca Lopez that Knowles was on federal probation for unlawful possession of a firearm and didn’t want to go back to prison. 

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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