On Feb. 4, a man armed with a sledgehammer bashed 12
patrol cars at the Dallas Police Department's Central Division in Deep
"There are people out there that are hurting law enforcement
officers," First Assistant Dallas Police Chief David Pughes said after
two officers were shot at early Thursday while driving in their squad
car on Interstate 30. "Anytime a law enforcement officer is attacked, it
really puts you on high precaution. We have to be vigilant at all times
knowing what's going on."
But Pughes said it's tough to plan for something as unexpected as being shot at from a highway service road.
officer in the passenger seat was injured by flying glass. One bullet
struck the side passenger door, and a second went through the passenger
side window and the windshield. Investigators found four 9 mm shell
casings but no suspect.
Police know they can't roll around town in heavily armored vehicles or stop people from going to police stations.
still have to maintain an ability for the community to engage with us,"
said Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata. "There is no 100
percent way to prevent an officer from getting killed."
Mata said, some things are basic, such as fencing around parking lots at
police stations so people with sledgehammers can't wander in. It's
something that should have been, and could have been, done before
something bad happened, he said.
McGough said it's up to city leaders to make sure they support the officers who often view their profession as a calling.
is our duty to make sure we honor that calling and that level of
service and do whatever we can to keep our first responders safe,"