Dallas police are in a standoff and attempting to negotiate with a gunman in an armored vehicle after a shootout outside their headquarters, the Dallas Morning News reports. No injuries have been confirmed, but the assailant, who identified himself as James Boulware, told police he’d been wounded. [Update, 2:05 p.m.: The man, whose identity has still not been confirmed, is dead.]
The shootout began around 12:30 a.m. this morning. Boulware fired at police cruisers from gun ports in his armored van, wounding no one. The shootout began outside police headquarters and moved to the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant after the Boulware fled, the New York Times reports. There, police disabled the vehicle.
Here are some pictures of the damage at HQ. pic.twitter.com/ic18axSTPOJune 13, 2015
Picture of squad car that was shot at. No officers were injured. pic.twitter.com/vfT2nCiJzPJune 13, 2015
“The suspect has told our negotiator that we took his child and that we accused him of being a terrorist and that he’s going to blow us up, and then cut off negotiations,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters. “We cannot confirm a motive at this time.”
Authorities cautioned that they have not confirmed the man is who he says he is. But in 2013, police in Paris, Texas, said they arrested James Lance Boulware after he obtained firearms, ammunition and body armor before threatening to attack his family, as well as churches and schools.
Police said then that he was taken into custody on two felony warrants from Dallas County. However, it appears the case against him was dismissed last year after he fulfilled requirements a judge had imposed.
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Witnesses reported that as many as four people were involved in the shooting, including one person who did not make it back to the van and is still on the loose. Brown said police had not yet confirmed the number of assailants.
Because the suspect during negotiations expressed that the van he was traveling in was rigged with explosives. our officers are not approaching that vehicle but instead our bomb technicians are deploying the robot and plan to detonate specific areas around the van to ensure that it’s not rigged to explode.