Dallas College El Centro Police Officer Injured During Exchange of Gunfire

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A police officer from El Centro College was injured Thursday night in a shooting in Downtown Dallas, police say.

Dallas College police officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle near the downtown campus and found that a man had an outstanding warrant, Dallas police said.

When officers tried to arrest the man, he pulled out a handgun, police said. The man and police then exchanged gunfire.

Both the suspect and one officer were struck. Both were taken to area hospitals, where the officer is was in stable condition. The suspect later died. He’s identified as 25-year-old Reginald Alexander Jr.

DART officials said that DART officers were patrolling the West End neighborhood of Dallas around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when they responded to shots fired at the 7-Eleven store. That's when DART officers found the El Centro officer injured.

DART officials said that the shooting did not happen on DART property and Dallas police had taken over the investigation.

El Centro College officials released the following statement Thursday night.

"The Dallas College community is saddened to learn of an officer-involved shooting that took place near our El Centro campus this evening. A Dallas College police officer was injured and is currently in stable condition. Dallas College is awaiting further details about the incident at this time. An investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department and all inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to DPD. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family during this difficult time."

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