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Dallas Officer Shot; Manhunt Underway for Suspected Shooter

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(KXAS) --- A Dallas police officer is recovering after being shot at least three times while responding to a disturbance call Saturday.

Dallas police said officers were called to a domestic disturbance at Regency Springs Apartments at 13030 Audelia Road in North Dallas at about noon. As officers Joshua Burns and Salvador Varillas arrived at the scene, they approached a man, later identified by witnesses to police as 20-year-old Rakeem Perkins, who was sitting in a parked car. 

As the officers approached, shots were fired in their direction.

Both officers returned fire and during the exchange, Burns was hit several times. Soon after he was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he is listed in stable condition.

During a news conference Saturday afternoon, Dallas Chief of Police David Brown said Burns, a five-year veteran of the department, was hit in the shoulder and leg and was also struck in his ballistic vest. 

Brown said one of the officers had been trained on using a tourniquet and was able to stop Burns' bleeding. The officer's injuries do not appear to be life threatening, Brown said Saturday afternoon.

Varillas, a 19 year veteran of the department, was not injured in the exchange.

"First thing is, we're grateful. We're grateful that the Lord spared Officer Burns. Our hearts drop when we hear this kind of news and we hope for the best, but we've had to bury quite a few officers in this city," Brown said. "It messes with your psyche because, each day, our officers don't know if they're going to come home."

Perkins escaped the exchange of gunfire and his location is unknown, police said.

Following the shooting Dallas police and SWAT units surrounded a house near the scene of the shooting, but Perkins was not inside.

Perkins, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, was last seen wearing a red shirt.  He should be considered armed and dangerous. Should anyone see Perkins, they are advised to not approach him and to immediately call 911.

"We're on a pretty intense manhunt right now. All of our officers are focused on capturing this suspect and bringing him to justice and we need the public's help," said Brown.

Oak Farms Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person who shot Burns.

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