Suspected Shooter Likely Dead in Attack on Dallas Police
At about 12:30 Saturday morning, according to police, witnesses near Dallas Police headquarters in the Cedars saw what they believed to be multiple people shooting at the building. Patrol cars approached the armored van the shots were coming from. The van rammed the patrol cars and someone inside fired more shots at the officers as they shot back. No officers were hit.
Police chased the van out of the parking lot and down Interstate 45, the chase ending in a standoff at a Jack in the Box in Hutchins. Just after 5 a.m., three shots were fired at the van; two into the engine block and one through the windshield that hit what turned out to be a single suspect, according to DPD Major Max Geron.
As the standoff was going on in Hutchins, Dallas police were also dealing with a number of pipe bombs left near their headquarters. A bag filled with explosives blew up after being picked up by a robot at approximately 4:30 Saturday morning and more bombs were set off in a controlled detonation at 5:40 a.m..
The dead man has been identified in multiple reports as James Boulware. According to his dad, who was interviewed by KTVT's J.D. Miles, Boulware was angry about a child custody dispute with his mother that stemmed from Boulware's ex-wife being in jail.
The armored van came from a used car dealer in Georgia. On the dealership's Facebook page, Jenco Sales Inc. described the van as fit for the zombie apocalypse.
"Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport. This full armored zombie busting vehicle features convenient gun ports so no zombie juice touches you during a mass zombie take down. It also has benches in the back so you can take turns resting during long Zombie sieges. The tactical step boards are installed for when you only need swords and axes for drive by mow downs. The bumpers are made of reinforced steel tubing, so no dents from smashing zombie heads! It's full armor plated and has bullet proof windows just in case you run into other zombie hunting hordes who might try to take this bad boy from you. Like anything, there is a price attached to this fine piece of zombie fighting machinery."
The van is still sitting in the Jack in the Box parking lot as cops try to figure out if it has more explosives inside. DPD says it plans to blast something called a water charge into the van, which would render any black powder explosives useless.
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