Police: Suspect dead after opening fire on paramedics in Dallas

The alleged gunman who opened fire on paramedics in East Dallas late Monday morning was found dead in a home Dallas Police searched after the shooting, police said.

DALLAS - The alleged gunman who opened fire on paramedics in East Dallas late Monday morning was found dead in a home Dallas Police searched after the shooting, police said.

Another man was found dead inside the same home, police said. Additional information was not immediately available on the deceased person.

 

A firefighter was in critical but stable condition at Baylor University Medical Center after he was shot while treating a civilian with a gunshot wound. Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a 4 p.m. press conference that the firefighter was out of surgery.

Paramedics from DFR Station 19 were called to the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue regarding a dispute between neighbors. When the first officers arrived, the suspect approached and opened fire.

Officers returned fire and the suspect ran into the home where he was later found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police used a robot to locate the dead bodies inside the home.

The shooter who allegedly opened fire on Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter-paramedics was 36-year-old Derick Lamont Brown, WFAA’s Charlotte Huffman has learned.

Court records show Brown has a long criminal history, including an assault charge, several DWIs and gun offenses.

Related: Suspected gunman who shot Dallas firefighter had long rap sheet

Rawlings described the suspected shooter as "not mentally stable."

Brown went to jail and was released just two months ago.

WFAA talked to family members and learned Brown is the father of 18 children and worked as a janitor at Parkland Hospital.

Just before 2:30 p.m., WFAA's Rebecca Lopez learned that a bullet broke the firefighter's leg, and he went into surgery as doctors tried to save it.

He has lost a lot of blood, Lopez reported, and "coded three times." This means his heart stopped, CPR was given, and he was resuscitated.

The civilian was in ICU as of 4 p.m. Monday. 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.

Dallas SWAT team members and police officers searched for the shooter near the crime scene, near the Dallas Fire-Rescue Training Academy on Dolphin Road.

The City of Dallas confirmed that an ambulance was struck by gunfire as well.

The department requested a "citywide assist," meaning it asked for the help of any available Dallas officer. 

Photos: Paramedic shot in eastern Dallas

In July 2016, a shooter opened fire in downtown Dallas, killing one DART and four DPD officers. Shortly after, WFAA covered Dallas Fire-Rescue crews receiving kits to help them during active shooter situations. The kits include bullet-proof vests.

Check back for more on this developing story.

 

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