Police: East Dallas shooter believed dead

The manhunt for a gunman who injured a paramedic and one other person is off.

Mayor Mike Rawlings announced during a press conference today that the Dallas Police Department sent a robot into a house in Dolphin Heights and found two people dead. One of them is believed to be the gunman.

“Someone who was not mentally stable dealt a lot of pain this afternoon,” Rawlings said.

But the “heroic actions” of a Dallas police officer saved the life of the wounded paramedic. The officer, who hasn’t been identified, put himself in the line of fire to put the paramedic into the back of his squad car and rush him to Baylor hospital, Rawlings said.

“As a result of his actions, that paramedic’s life was saved,” Rawlings said.

The paramedic, whose name has not yet been released, is out of surgery and stable but likely will require more surgery. He was shot in the leg and almost died from blood loss. The officer who saved him also was injured although not seriously.

The injured paramedic serves at Dallas Fire Station No. 19, near Samuell Grand Park.

Rawlings thanked Dolphin Heights neighbors for their calm in a critical situation. In turn, the neighborhood association president, Anna Hill, thanked police for their handling of the situation.

The Dallas Fire Department originally responded to a suicide threat call on Reynolds near Dolphin, just south of Interstate 30. Paramedics began treating a person who had been shot, and they were fired upon by a man wielding a rifle.

Dallas police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the neighborhood for the gunman. Based on information from neighbors, they sent a robot into a house nearby and found the two dead people, who have not been identified.

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