Steve Helling
May 01, 2017 01:44 PM

The man who allegedly shot a Dallas firefighter and two others shot himself on Monday night, ending an hours-long police standoff.

Police say that 36-year-old Derick Lamont Brown took his own life after a standoff with police.

The incident started on Monday around 11:30 am when, police say, Brown got into a “simple dispute” with his godfather, 66-year-old Arthur Riggins. Police say that Brown shot Riggins to death.

Police say that Brown then shot two more people: an unidentified neighbor and a Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic who came to help.

When police arrived on the scene, they say that Brown “pinned down” officers by gunfire. During the standoff, Brown was injured by police fire. He then retreated back into his home and took his own life, police said Tuesday in a news conference.

At least 40 police units have responded to the location in East Dallas on Monday, according to the Dallas Police Department. A live aerial camera from NBC-DFW showed officers getting into position with their guns drawn.

Officers also evacuated homes in the neighborhood to keep others safe.

The wounded neighbor was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The paramedic has been identified as William An, a 10-year veteran of the Dallas Fire-Rescue team.

He underwent surgery on Monday. His leg has been broken by a bullet, and he went into cardiac arrest three times during his surgery. Police said in the press conference that he suffered “significant” blood loss. The surgery was successful and An is now recovering in the ICU. Officers say he may face additional surgeries in the future.

In a statement furnished to the media, An’s wife, Jayne, expressed gratefulness that her husband was still alive.

“By the grace of God, my husband is doing okay,” the statement reads. “We are greatly thankful for all the prayers sent our way. Please continue to pray for Will and keep him and our entire family in your prayers. Special thanks again to the first responders who risk their lives daily for others. God bless.”

In Tuesday’s press conference, Dallas Police Assistant Chief Randy Blankenbaker said that two police officers ran to An and pulled him into a squad car. Sgt. Robert Watson drove him to the hospital.

Another officer was superficially wounded during the gunfire, possibly from bullet fragments. He was treated at the scene with minor injuries.


“These officers’ actions are more than commendable,” Blankenbaker said at the news conference. “They should be considered heroes.”


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