Dallas, TX - The gunman who opened fire on Dallas paramedics Monday morning, wad identified as Derick Lamont Brown, the former leader of the New Black Panther Party in Dallas, and was the subject of an FBI investigation.
Details were not released about why Derick Lamont Brown was under FBI investigation, but his criminal history shows a history of assault with a deadly weapon. In 2008 he was involved in a collision and yelled, "I'm high... I'm high and I have a gun!" He was arrested for possession of PCP, weapons offenses, and DUI.
In 2015 he was involved in another collision where police found him holding a loaded magazine in one hand and a 9mm pistol in the other. He was high on PCP and he was again arrested for DUI and weapons violations.
In the early 2000s, Brown was the chairman of the New Black Panther Party in Dallas. On Monday, a New Black Panthers party member identified him as the "minister of defense" for the organization.
That same chapter of the New Black Panther Party is the same group that Micah Johnson was a member in. Johnson is the Black Lives Matter terrorist who assassinated five police officers in Dallas in July 2016.
According to WFAA, the unidentified gunman was found in a home that a police robot searched after this morning's shooting. He appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to The Dallas News. Browns godfather was also found killed in the residence. The motive for the attack is still not known.
During this morning's shooting, Station 19 fire crews from Dallas Fire-Rescue were treating a civilian gunshot victim in the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue. The civilian, who was a neighbor, was shot by Brown.
While medics were treating the victim, Brown approach and opened fire on the fire department medic. Police officers returned fire, striking him with one shotgun pellet. Brown then ran into the home where he was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic William An was shot by Brown in the ambush. Dallas police Sgt. Robert Watson and Officer Matthew Kalash ran to the critically injured paramedic and pulled him into a patrol car. They then drove him straight to Baylor University Medical Center.
William An remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Rebecca Lopez with WFAA said that the gunman's bullet broke the firefighter's leg and hit an artery. Ms. Lopez said that the paramedic, an 11-year- veteran, had "lost a lot of blood", and coded three times. CPR was successfully given, and he was resuscitated each time.
One Dallas police officer received minor injuries during the incident, but was not taken to the hospital. He was not identified.
The City of Dallas said that an ambulance was struck by the gunfire as well. During the incident, the Dallas Police Department sent out a citywide request for assistance and said that officers were pinned down by gunfire.
A helicopter, the Dallas police gang unit, Dallas PD SWAT, Texas state police and members of the Dallas field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to assist. Door to door searches were conducted. Residents who lived in the area were asked to shelter in place.
Representative. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, was in Austin, the state capital, and asked for a moment of silence in the House to pray for the paramedic.
The 2017 Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony was being held at the Capitol on Monday, honoring those killed in the line of duty in 2016. In a tweet, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said "Truly sad that while we were honoring slain police officers, a paramedic was shot while responding to a call in Dallas."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dallas.