Wounded Dallas police shooting suspect surrenders

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and JOBIN PANICKER

WFAA

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 12:20 PM

DALLAS -- Rakeem Perkins, the man Dallas police had sought in connection with the shooting of Officer Joshua Burns, was being treated for injuries after surrendering at Dallas police headquarters just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

It all started around noon as officers Joshua Burns and Salvador Varillas were responding to a domestic incident at an apartment complex at 13030 Audelia Road, police said.

The suspect opened fire on the officers as they approached Perkins in his car.

Officer Burns was shot multiple times in the leg, shoulder and his bullet-proof vest; Varillas was not hit.

Perkins fled on foot.

Colleagues used a tourniquet on Burns in an effort to stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived.

Burns, a five-year veteran of the department,  was taken to Baylor University Medical Center for treatment. Chief David Brown arrived at the hospital a short time later.

Police Chief David Brown said the wounded officer was in stable condition and does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

"He's very conscious, and he's been talking the whole time, but he's in extreme pain," Brown said.  "The injuries from being struck by the bullets were significant."

More than five hours after the shootout, a man believed to be Perkins showed up , injured, at Dallas police headquarters near downtown Dallas.

Perkins was treated by paramedics for a leg wound as he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Back in Northeast Dallas, police spent hours looking for evidence near the shooting scene around the suspect's sedan with multiple bullet holes in the front and rear windows.

Oak Farms Dairy had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Multiple police units surrounded a residence on Fall Manor Drive, a few blocks northeast of the shooting scene, but there was no confirmation that this operation was linked to the officer's shooting.

Other police agencies — including Fort Worth, Carrollton, Denton and Dallas ISD — immediately tweeted best wishes to the wounded officer and colleagues.

Perkins' bond is set at $2 million.

 

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