The man who shot into a southeast Oak Cliff apartment in 2021, severing a gas line and causing an explosion that injured several people, including Dallas firefighters, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
Phillip Dankins, 30, was sentenced to 12 years on a drug charge and 12 years on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, the DA’s office said. The sentences will be served concurrently. According to court documents, Dankins shot into a unit where his girlfriend and son were living at Highland Hills Apartments in September 2021, rupturing a gas line inside. Hours later, firefighters responded to the complex for reports of a gas leak.
Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Christopher Gadomski, Driver Engineer Ronald W. Hall, Officer Pauline Perez and Officer Andrew Curtis were among those dispatched.