The driver of an armored van who opened fire on Dallas police officers outside the department’s headquarters has died.
Dallas police said the driver had been shot by a police sniper about five a.m. Saturday whilst engaged in a standoff with officers at a speedy food restaurant in Hutchins, a Dallas suburb.
Police mentioned the suspect identified himself as James Boulware, but they could not confirm the identity.
When ABC News reached Boulware’s mother, she stated she was “so glad none of the police had been hurt,” but declined further comment on the scenario.
Dallas police Chief David Brown stated that through negotiations the suspect produced reference to a custody dispute in which he was involved.
“The suspect has told our negotiators that we took his youngster, accused him of being a terrorist, and that he’s going to ‘blow us up,'” Brown mentioned.
Police said they would be unable to positively determine the suspect till a health-related examination was completed.
The incident began when the driver opened fire at officers about 12:30 a.m. According to investigators, witnesses initially mentioned there could have been as many as four gunmen, but police later said they believe a lone shooter fired from many areas.
“We believe this suspect meant to kill officers,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown stated at an news conference. “We barely survived the intent of this suspect.”
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Police then chased the van to a quickly meals restaurant down Interstate 45, where a standoff ensued as officers and the driver exchanged gunfire.
The driver told officers he blames police for losing custody of his son and “accusing him of getting a terrorist,” stated Brown.
No officers have been injured in the shootings.
Police also found four bags — including at least one particular that contained pipe bombs — around the department’s headquarters. Bomb squad technicians detonated the explosives. When police detonated the van, it caught fire and police said rounds could be heard going off inside. Police also discovered two pipe bombs inside the van.
Brown stated all seven patrol stations have been searched and cleared of any explosives.
FBI updates they will relieve DPD as necessary at scene. Also DPD coordinating with Mesquite Bomb squad at suspects last identified residence.
The sheriff’s workplace in Pickens County, South Carolina, has confirmed to ABC News that they have been contacted by the Dallas Police Department with regards to the blue van made use of in the shooting.
The van matches the description of a single lately sold in Georgia, but there has been no confirmation but irrespective of whether it is, in reality, the automobile utilized this morning.
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