A man was shot to death on Saturday morning, at about 12.30 a.m., after he started firing his automatic gun on police officers who were standing right in front of Dallas Police Headquarters. Fortunately, none of the officers were hurt.
The man, who was later identified as James Boulware had made a 911 call before the attack and said that he intended to kill police officers.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that it was extremely fortunate that he didn’t manage to hit any of the officers, even if he came very close in doing so.
“Some officers say we were lucky, I believe we’re blessed that our officers survived this ordeal,” he said.
After having searched the area, the investigators came across pipe bombs located not too far from Dallas Police Headquarters building. Boulware had also told the police that there were C-4 explosives in the van he was driving at the time of the attack.
A spokesperson with the police department confirmed that an Explosive Ordinance Robot found the pipe bombs and they exploded. Other two pipe bombs were located in the shooter’s van as well.
The gunman used both a rifle and a shotgun during the assault. He only managed to strike the building and some police cars. According to chief Brown, his clear intention was to harm the officers and this is why he discharged his weapons so many times.
He managed to shoot at the officers from multiple locations, which misled the police into thinking that there was more than one shooter involved. However, they soon found out that it was just Boulaware acting against them.
He tried to flee the scene but was chased after for 11 miles to a parking lot, where he was surrounded and more gunfire was exchanged. He was then killed by a police sniper and a robot confirmed that he was dead.
According to recent updates, the man was involved in a custody fight . He had a criminal record that involved three violence cases, including choking his child’s mother and was arrested for this two years ago. He was also reported to have made various threats to the judge who was in charge of the case.
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