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Suspect In DPD Officer Shooting Surrenders To Police

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The suspect who Dallas police say shot an officer just after 12 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex near 13030 Audelia Rd. has surrendered to police.

Rakeem Perkins, 20, is suspected have shot officer Joshua Burns, a 5-year veteran of the DPD.

Perkins turned himself in to police at 6 p.m. Saturday at DPD headquarters. He was accompanied by his mother, an aunt and a family friend, police say.

Police were notified that Perkins would be coming to surrender by his mother, who also advised of that her son received a gunshot wound to the thigh.

He was transported to Parkland hospital by ambulance upon arrival to police headquarters.

As of Sunday afternoon, Perkins now sits in jail on a $2 million bond.

Dallas police said Perkins will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant – a first degree felony. Other charges could surface pending further investigation into the incident.

Perkins was at large for hours after he ditched his vehicle and fled on foot into a residential area near Bellafonte Drive and Fall Manor Drive.

The initial call went out around noon as a disturbance at 13030 Audelia Rd. Officers Joshua Burns and Salvador Varillas went to talk to Perkins, who was in his vehicle, when shots were fired.

Car believed to be belonging to suspect Rakeem Perkins (credit: CBS 11 News)

Car believed to be belonging to suspect Rakeem Perkins (credit: CBS 11 News)

Both Northeast Division officers returned fire, and Burns was shot. Perkins then fled on foot.

Varillas, a 19-year veteran of the DPD, was not injured.

The Dallas SWAT and K-9 teams as well as Air One became involved in the incident.

CBS 11 is told Burns was rushed to Baylor Medical Center, and was shot in the leg, shoulder and upper body, but was protected by his vest. He is in stable condition.

Officer Joshua Burns arrives at Baylor Medical Center Dallas (credit: CBS 11 News)

Officer Joshua Burns arrives at Baylor Medical Center Dallas (credit: CBS 11 News)

The good news came directly from the @DallasPD twitter account:

CBS 11 will bring you updates at the become available.

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