Dallas Firefighter Gunman Robs Bank YCMTSU

The ugly saga of Dallas firefighter Jesus Ventura took an even uglier turn last week when Ventura allegedly robbed a Dallas bank and a gas station.

You may recall, Ventura created an uproar when he entered a Dallas fire station on March 8, 2012 and fired a handgun. His arrest several days later created even more headlines when a group of freelancing police officers accompanied by television cameras arrested Ventura disrupting the plans of an assigned group of officers were negotiating his peaceful surrender.

Ventura had been suspended from the department over the original incident, when he walked into Dallas Chase Bank branch and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed sum, Ventura gave the teller back $20 as a tip. He was later apprehended following a robbery of a nearby gas station.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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