Dallas officer slightly wounded by gunfire




Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 3:08 AM

Fernwood shooting

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DALLAS — An undercover Dallas police officer was grazed by a bullet Monday night while serving a search warrant at a suspected drug house in South Oak Cliff.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. in the 4300 block of Fernwood Avenue, near Ann Arbor Drive. Police were in the process of creating a diversion when the shot was fired.

Nearly three hours later, the SWAT team hurled almost two dozen concussion grenades into the residence, but by early Tuesday morning, it was determined that no suspects remained inside.

The wounded officer was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital for treatment. Doctors there told police Chief David Brown that injuries to the unnamed officer are not serious. He said the department is "very fortunate."

"We had high anxiety when we got that when our officers were serving a warrant he was shot in the rear," Chief Brown said. "There's a lot of vital organs and veins and arteries down in that area around the lower torso, so we were very concerned. We were pleased to hear from the doctors here at Parkland that it was a glancing blow, and did not enter into the body."

The officer was later released from the hospital. Any suspect who is later captured in connection with this incident will now be facing much more serious charges than the original warrant listed.

Traffic on Ann Arbor and Fernwood was diverted during the police operation.

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