Cops Say Dallas Gunman is Former Utah Trooper

By: CBS News, KTVT-Dallas
By: CBS News, KTVT-Dallas

DALLAS - A man suspected in a series of rush hour shootings near Dallas on Monday is a former Utah state trooper wanted on burglary and robbery warrants who apparently shot himself after a standoff with police, authorities said late Tuesday.

Brian Smith, 37, killed at least one of the victims of Monday's shootings, Dallas police Lt. Craig Miller said. Investigators tied Smith to a killing in Dallas because by matching the bullets found at the standoff, he said.

Officer Joe Harn, a spokesman for the Garland Police Department, said Smith held officers at bay for several hours Monday night, reports CBS Station KTVT. After about three hours, Smith apparently shot himself. He's in critical condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Harn said.

"At this time we don't feel there is a threat, and people don't need to be concerned about being on the freeways," said Dallas Police Lt. Craig Miller. "It is safe to be out and about doing your Christmas shopping."

Dallas police declined to comment on a second death in neighboring Garland, where the standoff took place, because it was out of their jurisdiction.

Harn said his department has not been able to make a definitive connection between Smith and the killing there, but acknowledged that he fit the description of the highway shooter: a balding, 40ish white man.

"We certainly hope it is him," Harn said. "But we are going to have to see more concrete evidence."

Two people were shot and killed and another person was injured by broken glass in four shootings along or near a Dallas-area highway Monday evening. Police believe the victims were selected at random.

Smith had been a Utah state trooper since 1996 but retired in May because of "personal issues," said Sgt. Jeff Nigbur, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.


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