Shooting suspect dead after gun battle with Irving police



Posted on June 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 10 at 1:08 PM

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IRVING — A shooting victim is in stable condition and the suspect is dead after an exchange of gunfire with Irving police early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the Brookstone apartments in the 3700 block of Block Drive around 1 a.m., where they found a man with a gunshot wound. Witnesses said the suspect was still in the area.

Irving's SWAT team and a Department of Public Safety helicopter were called in to set up a perimeter and find the gunman.

Officers encountered the man during their search and there was an exchange of gunfire, police said.

Police units took cover and continued their search, unsure if there were additional suspects.

The gunman was discovered on a balcony about two-and-a-half hours after the incident began. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were trying to determine whether he died as a result of police gunfire or if he took his own life.

The victim was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment. No names were released, and no police officers were injured.

It was not immediately clear how many police personnel fired their weapons. Any who did will be placed on administrative leave, which is routine whenever deadly force is used, police spokesman John Argumaniz said.