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Texas Shootout Leaves Dallas Officer Injured, Suspect Dead

Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

November 29, 2010

DALLAS – A Dallas police officer was shot in the leg, a suspect was killed and a bystander was wounded in a shooting Sunday night in Pleasant Grove, police said.

The shooting happened about 9 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Prairie Creek Road.

The officer suffered severe injuries but was expected to survive, said Dallas Police Lt. C.L. Williams. Williams said the bystander’s injuries also were not life-threatening.

Police responded to a call that a man was shooting at his girlfriend’s apartment. As soon as officers pulled into the Prairie Creek apartment complex, the man opened fire with a high-powered rifle, Williams said.

A squad car was hit through the windshield multiple times. At least one officer fired at the suspect, whose name was not released. The suspect was fatally shot at the back of the apartment complex.

“The big question now is how did he die?” Williams said. “Did he die at his own hands, or did we shoot him?”

Police did not release the name of the injured officer, who was hired in 2009. They also did not release the bystander’s name.

Marco Ramon was hanging Christmas lights across the street from the apartment complex when the incident occurred. He said that he heard a volley of gunfire and then saw a black pickup leave the apartment complex and park at a nearby thrift store. The driver then turned off the truck’s headlights, he said.

Ramon said that when several squad cars arrived, a man exited the pickup with a rifle and ran behind the thrift store. He said shortly after that, he heard more gunfire.

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