Field kit aided Dallas officer’s recovery after he was shot

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DALLAS (KXAN/AP) — A Dallas police officer is making a full recovery after being shot over the weekend thanks to a special bit of first aid.

After being shot, fellow officers used  ‘Downed Officer Kits’ the department recently made standard to help stop the bleeding and save officer Joshua Burns’ life.

They kits are ideal for such emergencies and use battlefield medic-style equipment.

When asked about the use of such kits by Austin Police, Chief Art Acevedo responded on Twitter tonight saying some units already have such kits. He also said there is also a plan to train every officer in the near future.

A 20-year-old man has been charged in the shooting and bond was set at $2 million.

Rakeem Perkins is in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg that he suffered during the gunbattle with police. Perkins had turned himself into police several hours after the Saturday shooting. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Burns remained at Baylor University Medical Center. The 30-year-old officer was in stable condition and being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Perkins opened fire on Burns and another officer when they responded to a complaint about a disturbance. The officers fired back, and Perkins fled on foot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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