Man who shot DPD officer gets 23-year prison sentence

The man convicted of shooting a Dallas police officer three times last February learned his fate Friday afternoon.

A Dallas County jury sentenced Rakeem Perkins to 23 years in prison for shooting Dallas Police Officer Josh Burns while responding to a domestic violence call at a northeast Dallas apartment complex.

Burns' bulletproof vest helped, but it was the quick actions of ordinary citizens like Tyhesha Fleming, who kept Burns from bleeding to death. 

"Tyhesha was literally a lifesaver and Tyhesha has literally become part of the family over all of this," said Josh's father, Dennis Burns.

Dennis still can't believe that Fleming, who was four months pregnant, just ran to help after hearing the exchange of gunfire outside her apartment.

"Getting my son's blood all over her and everything else, she had no concern for herself; just my son, and I really appreciated that," said Dennis.

Fleming testified in the case and was there every day of the trial.

Perkins will have to serve at least 12 years in prison before he is eligible for parole, and it is not yet clear if the Dallas District Attorney will prosecute Perkins for shooting at, but not hitting, Burns' partner that day.

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