Officials said that while exposed to potential gunfire, three Dallas police officers placed Paramedic William An in a squad car and took him to the hospital while others pulled a wounded civilian to safety.
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DALLAS — A Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic remained in intensive care Tuesday after he and another man were shot Monday by a suspect who killed his roommate and later himself, Dallas officials said.
The paramedic, 36-year-old William An, was in stable but critical condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said Jason Evans, a spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue.
In a news conference Tuesday morning, Dallas police shared details of the investigation into the incident in the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue.
Investigators learned that Derick Lamont Brown, 36, was “acting erratically” at his home Monday morning, said Assistant Chief Randy Blankenbaker. He took his roommate, 67-year-old Arthur Riggings, into a back room and shot him to death.
Brown’s girlfriend ran out of the house, and a neighbor came outside, Blankenbaker said. Brown shot the neighbor, a 24-year-old man, who collapsed on the ground around 11:30 a.m.
Paramedics were called to a reported suicide nearby, but did not find anything at the reported location. Then, they saw the neighbor on the ground, Blankenbaker said. Brown shot at them with a semi-automatic rifle, striking and critically wounding An.
Brown started shooting at the first police officers to arrive, at 11:36 a.m. One officer suffered a minor calf injury, possibly from bullet fragments. Brown returned to his yard before two more officers arrived, and he pointed the rifle at them.
One of the officers fired his shotgun at Brown, Blankenbaker said, apparently striking him once and causing a wound not believed to be life-threatening. Brown went into his house.
Several other officers began to arrive. Still exposed to potential gunfire, three of them placed An in a squad car and took him to the hospital while others pulled the 24-year-old neighbor to safety so he could be taken to a hospital, Blankenbaker said.
“All of these officers’ actions are more than commendable,” Blankenbaker said. “They should be considered heroic.”
SWAT officers used a robot to enter Brown’s house, where they found him and Riggings dead. Brown had apparently shot himself to death, Blankenbaker said.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Monday that An underwent surgery and will “have to undergo extensive medical treatment.” An has been with the department for more than 10 years and works at Station 19. He has a 3-year-old son and a pregnant wife, Evans said.
WFAA-TV reported that according to sources, a bullet broke An’s leg and he lost a lot of blood. In surgery, he was resuscitated three times after his heart stopped.
Rawlings said Monday that the neighbor was also in intensive care. No further information was shared Tuesday about his condition.
At the news conference Tuesday, FBI Special Agent Eric Jackson said the FBI Dallas field office had an open investigation into Brown, but did not elaborate.
Brown was described by Rawlings as “not mentally stable.” He had a long criminal history, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, DWI, and drug and gun offenses, according to Dallas police. He once led the local Black Panthers, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Brown was a father and a janitor at Parkland Memorial Hospital, according to WFAA-TV.
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