DALLAS -- Police spent much of Friday morning in the search for two suspects who opened fire on officers in their patrol car late Thursday night.
It happened around midnight in the 500 block of South Llewellyn Avenue. Two officers were trying to make a routine traffic stop. When they pulled over the vehicle, near 12th Street, someone stepped out of the passenger side of the car and began shooting at the officers multiple times.
The officers fired back, but the suspects took off.
“It appears this was an unprovoked attack on officers," Major Robert Sherwin said.
Sherwin told News 8 the officers were not hurt, but did not know if the gunman or the driver were hit in the exchange of gunfire. Still photographs provided by the police department show the patrol car’s hood and windshield riddled with bullet holes. A police source told News 8 the car’s radiator and tires were also hit.
Hours later the suspect’s car, a late 2000 model Hyundai, was found abandoned on Mountain Lake Road. It had been set on fire. Police searched it and found nothing inside. The car was traced back to an address on Ferndale Avenue. A search of that home also turned up nothing.
According to Dallas Police Department rules, the officers involved in the incident cannot be interviewed until Tuesday. Sherwin said investigators are reviewing dash cam video to see if it contains a closer look at the suspects.