Dallas police were locked in a standoff with at least one suspected gunmen who they believed was involved in a shootout with officers in front of police headquarters earlier Saturday morning.
They were also investigating four suspicious bags that had been “spread out all over police headquarters,” one of which contained a pipe bomb, Police Chief David Brown told reporters. Nearby residents were being evacuated, he said.
Up to four suspects began shooting at their headquarters with automatic weapons at around 12:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET), he said.
“We saw multiple suspects firing guns at police headquarters,” Brown said. “The suspects were parked in front.”
Police returned fire and at least one suspect got into what witnesses say was an armored van, which rammed a patrol car and then raced off, he said. Officers gave chase and followed the van to the parking lot of a Jack In The Box south of the city.
The suspect identified himself as James Boulware, although police had not confirmed his identity. He accused police of “taking his son,” Brown said.
“A SWAT team has begun negotiations with the suspect,” he said. “We’re talking to him by cellphone and trying to find peaceful solution.
No police had been injured in the assault, he said. There could be up to four suspects, who used automatic weapons, according to Brown.
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