On Monday, the Dallas Police Department responded to the scene of a shooting, and discovered a paramedic shot and critically injured by a male shooter, Derick Lamont Brown, 36, who then shot a neighbor of his he had a dispute with. Brown fled, after an altercation with a police officer, ran into a house and shot a man inside, murdering him, before he turned the gun he had used upon himself, committing suicide, according to authorities.
CBS News reported that the Dallas Police Department stated that Brown started shooting at paramedics who were giving medical treatment to the gunshot victim, who was allegedly the one he had the dispute with. Brown fired his gun, shooting and critically injuring one of the paramedics. Greensboro News & Record was one of the first sources to identify the shooter, who had lived on Reynolds Avenue of the Old East Dallas neighborhood.
A police sergeant rushed in and managed to pull the paramedic to safety, as the suspect continued to fire his gun towards the officers. The sergeant drove the injured paramedic in his squad car to Baylor University Medical Center, where the paramedic underwent surgery, according to the Washington Post.
The paramedic is now “in critical but stable condition.” The neighbor Brown allegedly had a dispute with and shot is also in intensive care, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. The paramedic was a veteran emergency responder of 11 years.
In response, the police locked the area down. The lockdown ended when the police found both Brown, and one of the Brown’s other neighbors, dead in a nearby house. No other details have yet been released about the victim.
The police think that Brown got into a dispute with one of his neighbors, and shot him. One of the police officers who responded to a call about the shooting, which happened late on Monday morning east of downtown Dallas in a residential neighborhood, was injured. The officer received medical treatment at the scene.
Brown then attempted to evade capture by running into another house. He shot and murdered the person inside before he used the gun against himself, ending his brief shooting spree. According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at a press conference, the Dallas Police Department barricaded entrances to the area “for several hours.” Police officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood and sent in a robot to the house where the suspect had fled into. The robot’s cameras showed the police that the suspect was motionless, as was his final victim.
Interim Police Chief David Pughes from the Dallas Police Department stated that late into Monday night, police were still interviewing witnesses and neighbors. Pughes said the person the paramedic was treating in the street was the neighbor Brown had the dispute with, and had shot. Pughes stated that the actions of the sergeant who pulled the paramedic to safety and drove him to the hospital likely saved his life.
Derick Brown had a lengthy criminal record. In the early 2000s, he had been the New Black Panther Party’s chairman in Dallas, Texas.
A dispute with a neighbor in Dallas, Texas on Monday led to the shooting deaths of two people, including the suspect, Derick Lamont Brown, who shot and killed himself. Brown appears to have allegedly first shot his neighbor, and he then shot one of the paramedics who responded and were treating the neighbor. Brown injured at least one police officer as he tried to flee, and he ran into another neighbor’s house, where police found him and another person inside dead after the suspect allegedly first shot and murdered the resident and then shot and killed himself.
By John Samuels
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