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Corinth man accused of shooting at Dallas firefighters, police

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By Claire Z. Cardona / DMN Staff Writer

Dallas police on Tuesday identified the man accused of shooting at police and firefighters Monday as 60-year-old Douglas Lee Leguin, who appears to be from Corinth.

Leugin was booked into the Dallas County Jail about 2 a.m. Tuesday

No one was wounded in the incident, which began about 3 p.m., when Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel were fired upon in the 5500 block of North 40th Place, near Frankford Road. A fire truck was struck at least twice.

Fire-Rescue had been called to a report of a trash-bin fire, Dallas police Lt. Jose Garcia said.

When police arrived to investigate, they were also fired upon by a man with a rifle.

The officers retreated and called SWAT. The man, whose name had not been released, surrendered about 5 p.m. He faces seven counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.

Police said they rescued an 8-year-old and a baby sitter who had fled inside a home after the gunman threatened them.

“You don’t expect something like that to happen around here,” said Wendy May, who lives in the nearby Prestonwood West subdivision.

There is a wooded area and a creek that runs between North 40th Place and the subdivision.

“When your house backs up to the same woods where a guy with ... [a rifle] is running around, you probably don’t want to hang out at the house for very long,” she said.

Initial reports indicated that the gunman had told police he was part of the “sovereign citizen” movement, which believes the federal, state and local governments operate illegally. Police had not confirmed any details about the gunman.

Police said they suspect that the gunman had placed devices, including propane tanks and jars filled with liquid, outside the home where the child and babysitter were found. Some of the propane tanks had been exploded.

While police were involved in the Far North Dallas incident, officers were also responding to a call about shots fired from a wooded area near the Mountain View College campus in west Oak Cliff.

No one was injured in the incident, and police said the gunman was arrested.

No further details about the case had been released late Monday.