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Dallas Police Cruiser Targeted in Shooting

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    Dallas Police Cruiser Targeted in Early Morning Shooting

    Dallas police are looking for the shooter who opened fire on a police cruiser early Thursday. The officers were headed eastbound on Interstate 30 near Interstate 45 when bullets came flying at their car. (Published Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018)

    A search was launched Thursday morning for the person who opened fire on a Dallas police squad car.

    According to police, a police officer was driving eastbound on Interstate 30 near Interstate 45 about 2 a.m. when the passenger window was shattered by gunfire. The officer was wounded by flying glass, but was not shot, police said. The passenger door was also shot, police said.

    Dallas Sergeant Michael Mata tweeted photos showing bullet holes in the windshield and passenger window of the car. He wrote, "real lives are affected by this false narrative of a war on the police! Some coward shot at our officers!"

    Matta later told NBC 5 he visited the officers shortly after the incident. The officer in the passenger seat told Matta about his close call. 

    "The high-powered round came through the side window and passed right in front of his face and shattered the front windshield and the glass shards and the blowback from that fragmented, and it all went into his face and it caused lacerations down his face," Matta said. 

    Dallas County sheriff's deputies closed the ramp from eastbound I-30 to I-45 and the eastbound I-30 service road as police investigated. It has since been reopened.

    Officers said they did not find the gunman, though several shell casings were discovered at the scene.

    The officer's wounds were not considered life threatening.

    Dallas Police Cruiser Targeted in ShootingDallas Police Cruiser Targeted in Shooting

    A search was launched Thursday morning for the person who opened fire on a Dallas police squad car.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018)

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