A paramedic in the US is in critical condition after he was shot and injured while responding to a shooting, officials have said. The suspect is believed to be dead and the threat is believed to be over, they said. Officers were fired at as they approached, and one officer pulled the Dallas paramedic out of harm’s way, placing him in his squad car and driving him to the hospital yesterday, officials said.
A robot was sent into a home, where it located two deceased people, including the individual whom authorities believe was the shooter, police said. While no identities have been confirmed, authorities feel confident that the suspect was dead inside the home. The city police said the paramedic, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery and is in “critical, but stable condition.”
Several streets were closed and people residents were urged to avoid the area after the first incident at 11.30 AM (local time). “Dallas Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene where a civilian had been shot and immediately began treatment. During this time, the suspect approached the area and then opened fire. A EMT paramedic was wounded, a Dallas Police Department statement said. “Dallas Police Department is searching for the suspect who they believe is still in the vicinity,” it said.
An ambulance was also struck in the crossfire. All other available police units were scrambled to the area. Witnesses described hearing several rounds when the first shots were fired. The city issued an emergency alert after the incident. “This remains an active scene and we will provide additional information as it becomes available,” it said.