DALLAS – A firefighter-paramedic shot in the line of duty Monday has been identified. William An, with Dallas Fire Rescue for nearly 11 years, remains in critical but stable condition.
An was shot while answering a shooting call around 11:31 a.m. Monday on Reynolds Avenue, in the Dolphin Heights area of Old East Dallas. As paramedics began treatment on a civilian who had been shot, the alleged gunman approached and opened fire, hitting An and injuring a Dallas police officer in the process.
Dallas Police Sgt. Robert Watson put An in his patrol car and rushed him to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was taken into surgery. An has more surgeries ahead of him and extensive treatment for his injuries, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a press conference Monday.
An is a married and expecting his second child with wife, Jayne; the couple also has a three-year-old son. “By the grace of God, my husband is doing okay. We are greatly thankful for all the prayers sent our way. Please continue to pray for Will and keep him and our entire family in your prayers. Special thanks again to the first responders who risk their lives daily for others. God bless,” Jayne said.
The civilian who was shot is also listed in critical condition, but not yet being identified. The police officer who received minor injuries was treated at the scene. “He dodged a bullet today, seriously,” Rawlings said.
The suspected gunman was found dead, along with another deceased person, by a police robot searching a Reynolds Avenue home Monday afternoon.