Suspect arrested in shooting of off-duty Dallas officer

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by TIFFANY JOHNSON & MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 5:16 AM

DALLAS — U.S. Marshals have arrested a suspect in the shooting of an off-duty Dallas police officer early Tuesday morning. No further details of the arrest were available late Tuesday.

Earlier, Dallas police questioned a "person of interest" in the shooting of Officer Matthew Wagner. Police said that individual is connected with the case.

The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Wildflower Apartments in the 6000 block of Pineland Drive. Two officers noticed a man in a van with binoculars and scanners.

The officers said when they patted him down, the man put up a fight and shot Officer Wagner in the arm and the groin.

The suspect fled on foot.

The second officer was not hit. Officer Wagner was taken to the hospital in a patrol car with non-life threatening injuries.

"We're very lucky that he survived this ordeal," said Chief David Brown at a 4 a.m. news conference. The incident sparked a tense, 12-hour manhunt.

During an 11:30 a.m. news conference, the Dallas Police Association announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

On Facebook, Officer Wagner's wife posted a status update that read, "Thank you God for being next to my husband last night. Now with God, Team Wagner will recover!"

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