Stand­off af­ter shots fired at Dal­las po­lice HQ

Late break­ing: Sus­pect shot through wind­shield, pre­sum­ably killed

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY BECCA MILFELD

One or more gun­men shot at Dal­las po­lice head­quar­ters from in­side an ar­mored van early Satur­day and left pipe bombs at the build­ing, trig­ger­ing a stand­off around a ve­hi­cle con­tain­ing at least one sus­pect.

Just af­ter mid­night, a van, de­scribed by wit­nesses as an ar­mored ve­hi­cle, rammed into po­lice squad cars at the head­quar­ters then opened fire, Dal­las Po­lice Chief David Brown told re­porters.

A chase en­sued to a nearby sub­urb south of the city where of­fi­cers have sur­rounded the ve­hi­cle con­tain­ing at least one sus­pect, Brown said, adding that up to four in­di­vid­u­als may have been in­volved in the attack.

He said pipe bombs had been found in one of four duf­fle bags that were “dis­persed through­out the front and side of po­lice head­quar­ters.”

On Twit­ter, the po­lice depart­ment said that one of the bags “ex­ploded on its own” as a bomb dis­posal robot at­tempted to move it, and that an­other de­vice had been found un­der a po­lice ve­hi­cle and det­o­nated.

No po­lice per­son­nel have been in­jured so far in the stand­off, Brown added.

Be­fore the shoot­ing be­gan, the sus­pects had been parked out­side po­lice head­quar­ters, Brown said.

When po­lice ap­proached the ve­hi­cle in their squad cars, it struck the cars and at least one per­son within the ve­hi­cle be­gan shoot­ing at of­fi­cers.

The po­lice re­turned fire in front of the head­quar­ters, at which point the ve­hi­cle tried to flee and a chase en­sued, which ended in a park­ing lot in Hutchins, Texas, where the ve­hi­cle was cor­nered and more gun­fire was ex­changed.

“Our SWAT team was called. It has since be­gun ne­go­ti­a­tions” with one sus­pect who is com­mu­ni­cat­ing via cell­phone, Brown said.

Wit­nesses at po­lice head­quar­ters said there might be more than one sus­pect — and per­haps up to four — with shots pos­si­bly com­ing from dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, Brown said.

Po­lice were nearby area.

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‘Ac­tive shooter scene’

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“This is an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, mean­ing the po­lice head­quar­ters scene is an ac­tive shooter scene un­til we con­firm first that there are no other sus­pects at that scene wait­ing to am­bush of­fi­cers and we have on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with the sus­pect in Hutchins,” Brown said.

The sus­pect, who gave his name to po­lice, is af­fil­i­ated with three dif­fer­ent fam­ily vi­o­lence cases if he claims to be.

But “we have yet to con­firm this is who we are ac­tu­ally ne­go­ti­at­ing with,” Brown cau­tioned.

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AFP

A model dis­plays a cre­ation dur­ing the fash­ion event “su­per en­ergy !!” pro­duced by Ja­panese designer Kan­sai Ya­mamoto in Tokyo on Fri­day, June 12.

AFP

This photo ob­tained on Satur­day, June 13 cour­tesy of the Dal­las Po­lice Depart­ment shows a dam­aged win­dow at po­lice head­quar­ters in Dal­las, Texas.

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