2 Dallas officers shot and wounded while responding to call

DALLAS (AP) – Two Dallas police officers were shot and wounded Thursday while responding to a shooting call in a residential neighborhood, police said.

“Upon arrival, the officers were shot immediately,” said Police Chief Eddie Garcia. “Officers were beaten, perished. When other officers arrived they were pulled out of the scene. “

Police said later Thursday that SWAT officers broke through a residence and found a man and woman dead inside. Police, who previously said the suspect was believed to be still in the area, said the investigation was still ongoing.

Firefighters had provided cover for officers as they got their wounded colleagues out of the scene, Garcia said.

He spoke to reporters outside Baylor University Medical Center, where the officers were admitted. Garcia said her injuries were not life threatening and they were expected to recover. The department said in a statement that officers were in stable condition.

The chief did not provide details of what had happened to initiate the call that brought the officers to the scene or describe the shooting suspect.

Later on Thursday, police blocked traffic along a busy stretch of restaurants and bars, and SWAT officers with tactical gear walked through streets lined with upscale apartments and condos. Many businesses in the area closed or operated on reduced schedules after sub-zero weather turned off electricity, burst water pipes and dumped snow across much of Texas.

Less than a week earlier, another Dallas official was fatally struck by a car while blocking traffic at the site of a wreck. Police officer Mitchell Penton was standing next to his patrol car and the emergency lights were on when an alleged drunk driver slammed into Penton’s vehicle and hit the officer.

The driver was arrested on an arrest warrant for manslaughter of a police officer and a poisoning attack.

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