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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A covert criminal investigation in southeast Dallas ended Wednesday morning with shots fired by Dallas Police.

“I heard two big rounds going off,” said Franklin Ortega, who lives in the 6100 block of Petain Avenue.

Dallas police say Senior Corporal John Casey was working an undercover investigation into criminal activity on the street, when police say he was approached by two suspects. Police say one of the suspects was armed, and Casey discharged his weapon.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. His girlfriend tells CBS11 News, the man was shot twice in the gut, and is in critical condition. The girlfriend says they woke up to the dogs barking and went outside to investigate, and that’s when police fired.

Dallas police haven’t elaborated on the nature of the undercover investigation, but neighbors have concerns for the type of activity taking place on the street, and at the house where the investigation focused.

“I’ve seen a lot of people in and out of that house. I don’t know what they’re doing. Just a lot of in and out of that house,” said a neighbor.

Police records show officers have responded to a number of calls on the 6100 block of Petain Avenue, including a drive by shooting, a car theft, drugs found, and several assaults.

According to another police report, the gun the suspect had was registered as stolen by the Sulphur Springs police department in 1992. Police also found a bag of cocaine Wednesday morning.

Dallas Police Deputy Chief Gil Garza says the department is looking into several aspects of what happened Wednesday morning that led to the shooting, but the department will not comment further.

“Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s anything new. It happens often but you don’t see it the way it ended up tonight,” said Franklin Ortega, another neighbor.

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