No doubt you've heard about the shooting last night at a Pleasant Grove apartment complex that left one Dallas Police officer and a bystander wounded and the gunman, Kenneth Horton, dead. Moments ago, the DPD sent along this statement from Dallas Police Chief David Brown:
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Last night Dallas officers responded to several 911 calls regarding an active shooter in the apartment complex at 1170 N. Prairie Creek Road. Two of the responding officers very quickly came under fire from the gunman whose actions had prompted the calls. Their squad car was struck at least eight times by rounds fired from a rifle and one officer, Richard Whitt, was seriously wounded in the unprovoked attack. Officer Whitt, and a private citizen who was also shot by the gunman, were both transported by ambulance to a Dallas area hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. I ask that both remain in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come as they begin the long road to recovery.
The gunman in this case died at the scene. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office reported today that his death was a suicide. It is believed that prior to his death this individual fired some 36 rounds throughout the complex. I am particularly proud of the heroic actions of all the officers at the scene who responded quickly to the original calls from the public and tried diligently to locate the gunman as they worked to protect apartment residents and themselves. They are all a credit to the department and to the city of Dallas.