Paramedic Shot And Killed After Suspect Opens Fire And Locks Down Neighborhood

Cheryl Sanders
May 3, 2017

A first responder was shot while treating a shooting victim in Dallas, according to an NBC DFW report. Two men were also found deceased - one of them was believed to be the shooter, who died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Rawlings says the injured paramedic underwent surgery Monday afternoon and was in critical but stable condition.

The Dallas Independent School District says no schools are in the immediate area of where police are searching.

Dallas police and firefighters independently confirmed the shooting took place at about 11:30 a.m. along the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue in East Dallas.

The injured Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic remains in critical but stable condition and was moved to the ICU after undergoing surgery.

Derick Lamont Brown was acting erratically at his home before forcing his 67-year-old roommate into a back room and fatally shooting him on Monday, said Randy Blankenbaker, Dallas's police assistant chief of investigations.

"The sergeant went above and beyond, as numerous Dallas police officers do each and every day, and subjected himself to extreme risk of danger". According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at a press conference, the Dallas Police Department barricaded entrances to the area "for several hours". The paramedics were responding to a 911 call about a shooting or suicide; police are investigating whether the call was created to lure the crew to the scene.

Another officer was able to fire one shot at Brown before he retreated. "We saw it today, and I'm so proud of these guys for taking the action they did".

Police spokesman Warren Mitchell released a statement saying "the entire area is still active and very risky".

A neighbor who was outside the home at the time of the shooting was also shot. "And our heroic paramedic stepped in to help a citizen putting their lives on the line", the mayor said.

"It was just a simple dispute between two neighbors that escalated into a shooting", people said to the officers at the scene. No detail at this time.

Police say the shooting occurred near the Dolphin Road Fire Training Academy in Dallas. A police officer was hurt in the incident but wasn't taken to the hospital, Interim Police Chief David Pughes told the media Monday afternoon.

Four of the slain officers were members of the city's police department, while the fifth was an officer with the Dallas transit agency.

Since then, Dallas Fire Rescue has given medics access to about two dozen body armor kits for active shooter situations in coordination with police.

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