Bond set at $2 million for suspect in Dallas police shooting

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and JOBIN PANICKER/ WFAA

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Posted on February 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

DALLAS — Rakeem Perkins, the man Dallas police had sought in connection with the shooting of Officer Joshua Burns, was in the Dallas County Jail Sunday morning after surrendering at Dallas police headquarters just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bond was set at $2 million on two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Perkins was accompanied by his mother, an aunt and a family friend as he turned himself in, more than five hours after the shootout at a Northeast Dallas apartment complex.

Police said the suspect's mother had contact detectives to alert them to the surrender. An ambulance was standing by to provide medical assistance to Perkins, who had been wounded in the leg.

The initial gunfire came around noon as officers Joshua Burns and Salvador Varillas were responding to a domestic incident at an apartment complex at 13030 Audelia Road, police said.

The suspect opened fire on the officers as they approached Perkins in his car.

Ann Walker was sitting at home with her family when she heard yelling coming from outside. She heard officers yelling at Perkins to leave the premises.

Walker said Perkins then revved his engine... but then the engine died. Her daughter was outside watching it all unfold.

"She seen [sic] him pulling the gun out and shoot at police," Walker said.

She heard more than eight or nine gunshots. One bullet even flew through her back window and pierced a couch cushion.

Officer Burns was shot multiple times in the leg, shoulder and his bullet-proof vest; Varillas was not hit.

When Walker went outside, she saw the wounded policeman on the ground.

"I was holding the officer's hand and I was asking him about his two-month-old baby. I said, 'You gotta stay here for [son's name],'" Walker recalled.

Colleagues used a tourniquet on Burns in an effort to stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived.

Mac Shay knew Perkins. He said he was a Richardson High School graduate and had a girlfriend who lived in the apartment complex.

"I didn't think he was that kind of character," Shay said.

Perkins fled on foot.

Burns, a five-year veteran of the department, was taken to Baylor University Medical Center for treatment. Chief David Brown arrived at the hospital a short time later.

Police Chief David Brown said the wounded officer was in stable condition and does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

"He's very conscious, and he's been talking the whole time, but he's in extreme pain," Brown said.  "The injuries from being struck by the bullets were significant."

Back in Northeast Dallas, police spent hours looking for evidence near the shooting scene around the suspect's sedan with multiple bullet holes in the front and rear windows.

Police said they expected to file two charges of aggravated assault on a public servant against Rakeem Perkins.

Oak Farms Dairy had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Multiple police units surrounded a residence on Fall Manor Drive, a few blocks northeast of the shooting scene, but there was no confirmation that this operation was linked to the officer's shooting.

Other police agencies — including Fort Worth, Carrollton, Denton and Dallas ISD —  tweeted best wishes to the wounded officer and his colleagues.

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