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Man kills wife then shoots Dallas officers who responded to call, police chief says

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Two Dallas police officers were shot and wounded this week responding to a domestic violence call, Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Friday.

(CNN)Two Dallas police officers were shot and wounded this week responding to a domestic violence call, Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Friday.

The man who shot the officers Thursday morning -- identified as 57-year-old Sergio Sanchez -- fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself in what Garcia called a "domestic violence-related murder suicide. "

It was a call to police from Sanchez -- who told a dispatcher he had killed his wife -- that brought officers to the Dallas home shortly before 11 a. m. Thursday, Garcia told reporters.

The man "immediately fired upon" the responding officers, wounding two of them, the police chief said.

Garcia said Sanchez had an "extensive violent criminal history. " Police believe the gunman shot his wife before the ambush-type assault on responding officers, the chief said.

The investigation is ongoing, said Garcia, who praised Dallas firefighters who "put themselves in harm's way" to reach the wounded officers.

Garcia said the shooting was the second "domestic violence-related murder suicide" in the city during his two and half weeks as police chief.

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