A Dallas police officer who was fired after police said he shot at a fellow officer in an Uber earlier this month turned himself in to authorities Monday on a new misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct, his attorney said.
Anthony Heims, 39, faces the new charge in addition to a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which was brought after Dallas police arrested him Nov. 18. Toby Shook, Heims’ attorney, said he’s waiting for discovery to review the facts of the case.
Heims was initially jailed on the felony charge with bail set at $25,000, which he posted. Dallas police filed the misdemeanor charge Sunday, and Shook said Heims was released from custody on a personal recognizance bond.
Heims is believed to have pointed a pistol at the head of another Dallas police officer on Nov. 18 while both were off duty in the Uber in the 4700 block of Red Bud Drive in the Buckner Terrace area, according to court records.
The Uber driver told police the officers struggled over the pistol, which “discharged into the roof of the vehicle, damaging the sunroof,” an arrest warrant affidavit says. Responding officers found Heims’ pistol in the front passenger seat; police said it had 12 live cartridges and a fired cartridge casing was “lodged in the chamber.”
The other officer was intoxicated and told police he heard a gunshot and his ears were ringing, the affidavit says.
A day after his arrest, Heims was fired by Dallas police Chief Eddie García, who expedited the internal investigation. Heims was a senior corporal with the Southeast Patrol Division who had been with the department since 2013.
Robert Rogers, who represents Heims in the administrative investigation, said after the firing “a rush to judgment and a hurried investigation do not serve the best interests of justice.” Heims plans to appeal, Rogers said.
Two other Dallas police officers have also been arrested this month on separate charges.
Officer Javier Granados was arrested Nov. 17 on a misdemeanor family violence assault charge after the victim told police he closed a door on her finger and slammed her into a door, which caused her ear to bleed, according to court records. Sr. Cpl. Ja’Qualyn Mitchell was arrested while off duty last week by the Glenn Heights Police Department on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Both officers were placed on administrative leave while police investigate.