Good job Dallas PD, and I hope the officer recovers soon!

Police Believe Woman Not Seriously Injured

POSTED: 7:02 am CDT August 30, 2006
UPDATED: 7:37 am CDT August 30, 2006

DALLAS -- An injured hostage has been released by her captor inside a Dallas hotel where an officer was shot during a standoff early Wednesday morning.

The woman was brought out from the hotel at about 7:10 a.m. on a stretcher and transported to Parkland Hospital. Officials said the 33-year-old woman was suffering from a gunshot wound.

A Dallas police officer is listed in stable condition after being shot through the hotel wall. The officer underwent surgery at Parkland Hospital and is expected to be OK.

Dallas fire-rescue spokeswoman Annette Ponce said the episode began with an early-morning call to 911 operators of an injured person in a fourth-floor room at the Radisson Hotel on the 1200 block of West Mockingbird Lane. When paramedics arrived at the hotel they were denied entry, so they called police.

When officers arrived, someone inside the room fired a shot through the wall that hit the officer in the leg, Police Chief David Kunkle told NBC 5. The officer was dragged to safety by fellow officers and then transported to the hospital.

Dallas police said the shooter was holding a woman hostage inside the hotel room. Kunkle said police negotiators spoke with both the shooter and the hostage and said the woman was not seriously injured. He says he didn't know the nature of their relationship.

The suspected shooter is still believed to be barricaded inside the fourth-floor room the hotel. Dallas police officers have surrounded the hotel and blocked traffic on Mockingbird Lane.

Residents inside the hotel are being asked to stay inside their rooms until the standoff has come to an end.

The standoff has slowed morning traffic on Interstate 35 East as onlookers pass through the Mockingbird Lane overpass.

There have been no other reported injuries in connection with the shooting.