Derick Lamont Brown had been acting erratically at his home Monday before forcing his 67-year-old roommate into a back room and fatally shooting him, said Randy Blankenbaker, Dallas’s police assistant chief of investigations.
Officers may have been pinned down during a shootout with the gunman, the Dallas Police Association Tweeted.
He said a sergeant saw the paramedic was seriously injured and rushed to pull the EMT into his police vehicle to take him to Baylor Hospital.
A fireman was injured Monday afternoon when a man opened fire on first responders before fleeing from authorities, according to multiple reports.
The mayor said a police officer also suffered minor injuries. The neighbor Brown allegedly had a dispute with and shot is also in intensive care, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
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Dallas Fire and Rescue was responding to a call when they were fired upon.
The identities of the two people inside the home have not been confirmed or released by police, but police said they are confident one is the gunman who shot the medic and the neighbor.
The injured Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic is in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery.
“In this particular event … it came in as a shooting incident and buried in the notes it originally said self-inflicted, so that’s what they believed they were going into”, he said. Investigators believe Brown was shot and injured by police, but that he shot himself to death inside his home. Police now believe Brown killed Riggins before the other shootings. The wounded firefighter is said to be an 11-year veteran of Dallas Fire and Rescue.
Court records show Brown has a long criminal history, including an assault charge, several DWIs and gun offenses. The paramedic and neighbor were critically wounded.
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On Monday An was responding to a call about a suicide when found a 24-year-old Latin male lying in the middle of the street in Old East Dallas.
Pughes did not specify if the two neighbors were the suspected shooter and the other person found dead in the home, neither of whom police identified.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement saying his prayers were going out to all of those affected.
After isolating the residential area of east downtown, police searched the houses and found the gunman dead along with another dead body. Dallas police say a paramedic was hit and is hospitalized in critical condition.
The threat to the Dolphin Heights neighborhood near Dolphin Road and Interstate 30 is clear, Rawlings said.
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