Dallas Officer Saves Gunshot Victim’s Life


On October 30, 2014, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Southeast Officer Lookenbill and Officer Dallatorre, assigned to the Crime Reduction Team, responded to a shooting call at 1200 S. Buckner Boulevard.  Upon arrival, Officer Lookenbill observed the complainant, Mr. Joseph Garcia, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his left leg.

As Officer Lookenbill approached, he could see blood spurting from Mr. Garcia’s leg in a manner consistent with an arterial bleed.  Officer Lookenbill immediately put on his gloves and retrieved his tourniquet. Officer Lookenbill then placed the tourniquet on Mr. Garcia’s left leg and cinched it down until it stopped the bleeding.  Dallas Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived and immediately transported Mr. Garcia to Baylor Hospital where he was rushed into emergency surgery.DOK3

The Dallas Fire and Rescue paramedics stated that Officer Lookenbill’s quick thinking by applying the tourniquet saved Mr. Garcia’s life.  They were impressed by Officer Lookenbill’s first aid technique and said without his help Mr. Garcia would have been deceased prior to arriving at Baylor Hospital.

The doctor who performed the surgery said that the application of the tourniquet to Mr. Garcia’s leg to stop the blood loss was the contributing factor in the preservation of his life.

This exceptional work done by Officer Lookenbill exemplifies his dedication and willingness to go above and beyond his call of duty as a Dallas Police Officer. Kudos to Officer Lookenbill.