A lone gunman opened fire at the Dallas police headquarters early Sunday morning (12:30 am, 5:30 am GMT), authorities said, which resulted in a shootout that continued for several hours.
The suspect, an unidentified white male, was shot by a sniper at around 5 am (10 am GMT). At a news conference, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said that it was not yet clear whether the suspect is still alive.
After a chase on the Interstate 45 highway, the suspect was shot through the front windshield of the armored van he was in as it was parked at a restaurant about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from the police department headquarters.
Police said they would send a robot to inspect the van and if the suspect was killed they would check for explosives. No civilians or police officers were hurt in the standoff.
Brown said the assailant “could have easily stuck a civilian, but we think his intent was to strike officers.” He added that the shooter “didn’t care when officers confronted him. He shot at officers just as freely as he was able to.”
Police evacuated residents from their homes in the area after finding four bags, with at least one containing pipe bombs, around the police department’s headquarters. The explosives were detonated by bomb squad technicians, but residents will not be allowed to return home until the area is checked for other explosives.
Before the shooter was shot, Police Chief Brown said at an earlier news conference, he had “told our negotiators that we took his child and we accused him of being a terrorist and that he’s going to blow us up. And then [he] cut off negotiations.”