2015 attack on Dallas police

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2015 attack on Dallas police
Dallas Police Department Headquarters.jpg
Dallas Police Headquarters, the site of the attack
Location Cedars, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates 32°46′05″N 96°47′40″W / 32.767983°N 96.794479°W / 32.767983; -96.794479Coordinates: 32°46′05″N 96°47′40″W / 32.767983°N 96.794479°W / 32.767983; -96.794479
Date June 13, 2015
c. 12:30 a.m. (CDT)
Attack type
Shootout
Weapons Semi-automatic firearm(s), pipe bombs
Deaths 1 (the perpetrator)
Perpetrator James Boulware
Motive Retaliation for 2013 terroristic threat charges and denial of custody over his son

On June 13, 2015, James Boulware shot at the Dallas Police Department from an armored van with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon. The shooting occurred at the department's headquarters in the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. He then led the police in a chase to nearby Hutchins, where he remained in the van in a standoff with police.[1] The standoff ended when a police sniper fired a round from a .50-caliber rifle, disabling the engine block, as well as additional rounds into the vehicle to disable the driver. After sending in robots to confirm the shooting and attempt to make entry into the vehicle, water charges were used to breach the windshield. Police then verified that the suspect was the only person in the vehicle and that he was dead.[2] Police also found four bags outside of the police headquarters containing pipe bombs.[1]

Attack

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 13, a man parked an armored van in front of the Dallas Police Department headquarters. There, he opened fire using what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon.[3] When police officers responded, the man rammed a Dallas Police patrol car and began shooting at officers from inside the van, striking the squad cars. He fled in the van to Hutchins, Texas, 10 miles (16 km) south of Dallas, where he stopped the van in the parking lot of a branch of Jack in the Box. Further gunfire was exchanged with the police, a perimeter was set up around the van, and a SWAT team was called in.[4]

The driver identified himself to police as James Boulware and claimed that the police had taken his son, accusing him of "being a terrorist". He then cut off communication with officers after making increasingly agitated and angry rants against police. The driver then threatened to blow the police up. The standoff continued as SWAT officers used a .50-caliber rifle to disable the armored van.[4][5] The standoff ended when a sniper fired additional rounds into the vehicle, killing the driver.[6]

Police subsequently sent in robots that used water charges to breach the windshield, and were then able to verify that the suspect was the only person in the vehicle and that he was deceased.[6] Police robots also used water charges to disable two sets of pipe bombs found in the van and then destroyed the vehicle, which was identified as a purpose-built "Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport" with gun ports and armor-plated windows. The van was destroyed in a controlled explosion due to fears that it was booby-trapped with explosives.[6] No police officers or civilians were injured in the incident.[7] Four suspicious bags were found at the police headquarters, one of which contained pipe bombs. Another bag exploded while being moved by a police bomb disposal robot, and a third bag found under a police vehicle was detonated by an explosive ordnance disposal team.[4] At 6:19 a.m., the headquarters building was confirmed clear of all explosives.[4]

Suspect

Dallas officers initially stated that up to four suspects were involved in the attack on their headquarters, but later said they believed only one person was involved and the reports of multiple suspects had resulted from him changing positions during the attack.[4] The only clearly identified suspect communicating with police gave his name as James Boulware.[8] News reports confirmed that Boulware was arrested in Paris, Texas, in 2013 after a report of family violence, and several firearms he owned were also confiscated. Boulware's family members then reported to authorities that they were concerned that he might go on a shooting spree after he threatened to kill all the adult members of his family and to shoot up some churches and schools.[9]

Boulware later made threats against a judge in his child custody case after he and the mother of his eleven-year-old son lost custody of their son to Boulware's mother, on the grounds that they were unfit for sole custody of the child.[10]

Vehicle

The vehicle, described by the seller on Facebook as a "Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport", was sold on eBay for $8,250 on June 7, 2015, where it was described as a 1995 Ford E-Series "E350 Armored Van 7.3L Diesel S.W.A.T. Team Lenco Certified Armor".[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Suspects open fire on officers outside Dallas Police HQ". Dallas, Texas: Associated Press. June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Young, Kevin (June 13, 2015). "Gunman in Dallas Police Headquarters Shooting Confirmed Dead". KXAS-TV. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Hanna, Jason; Sutton, Joe (June 13, 2015). "Dallas police HQ shooting: Suspect James Boulware killed during standoff". CNN. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gayle, Damien (June 13, 2015). "Dallas police in armoured-van chase after shootings – rolling coverage". The Guardian. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ Skinner, Curtis (June 13, 2015). "Shots fired at Dallas police headquarters, explosive device found". Reuters. San Francisco. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dallas PD defuse additional bombs after attack on HQ; suspect dead". The Dallas Morning News. June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gunmen open fire on Dallas police outside headquarters". WFAA. June 13, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-06-15. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stanglin, Doug (June 13, 2015). "Gunman surrounded in van after bizarre attack on Dallas police HQ". USA Today. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paris Man Arrested After Family Reports Threats". KTEN. May 1, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Cleary, Tom (June 13, 2015). "James Boulware: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Price, Bob (June 13, 2015). "Dallas Police Shooting: 'Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport'". Breitbart. 
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