Dallas police are looking for two men who tried to gun down two police officers early Friday morning while conducting a traffic stop in Oak Cliff.
The shooting happened just after midnight in the 500 block of Llewellyn Avenue when the officers were trying to stop a car with at least two people inside.
"It appears that as soon as the vehicle pulled over, a suspect exited the passenger side and immediately opened fire on our officers," said Dallas Police Major Robert Sherwin, referencing what's believed to be dash cam video of the squad car. "The officers returned fire. We do not know if anyone was hit."
Neither officer was struck by gunfire, but the squad car was hit several times.
The suspects got away, but the vehicle they were in was found three miles away, partially burned.
The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, and under a new departmental policy, officers involved do not have to talk specifics about the shooting to investigators for three working days.
"The memory in a stressful situation like that does not remember everything immediately," said Ron Pinkston with the Dallas Police Association. "As you give it time to rest and get out of that stressful situation, you have a better memory."
Pinkston says the officers did give officials information needed to try to identify and catch the shooting suspects. Police are actively searching for the suspects, who are considered armed and extremely dangerous.
"Any investigation where, for unknown reasons, an armed suspect opens fire on two uniformed officers in a police car, the citizens of this city should be concerned," said Sherwin.
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