Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a motive for the attack on police headquarters in which shots were fired from what was described as an armored van is not yet known.
DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (JUNE 13, 2015) (NBC) – Shots were fired from what was described as an armored van in an attack on Dallas Police headquarters early on Saturday (June 13), police said, and an explosive device was found outside the building.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters that a motive for the attack was not yet known. The device later exploded as a police robot attempted to move it.
“The suspects were parked in front of police headquarters as police officers arrived, the suspects rammed Dallas police officer’s squad cars and began shooting at the officers, striking the squad cars but missing the officers,” Brown said. Officers returned fire at which time the suspect fled the location in a van.
The van stopped in a fast food restaurant parking lot in the city of Hutchins, some 10 miles (16 km) south of Dallas, where there was another exchange of gunfire.
He said witnesses said as many as four suspects were involved in the incident, which began around 12:30 a.m. No officers have been injured, but one suspect, who has been speaking with police, said he had been hurt, Brown said.
Brown said police negotiators had been in contact with one of the suspects inside the van, who identified himself as James Boulware. Four bags were found scattered around police headquarters, at least one of which had explosives inside, Brown said. It was one of these bags that later exploded when a police robot attempted to move it, police said.
Police said another suspicious package was found under a police truck in the police headquarters’ parking lot in addition to another one in a dumpster near a different police station in the city.
Nearby residents were evacuated, Brown said.