Police officers in Dallas shot and killed a masked gunman carrying a military-style rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition on Monday. Authorities later identified the man as 22-year-old Army veteran Brian Issack Clyde of Fort Worth.
No one was seriously hurt in the shootout, which took place outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse around 8:40 a.m. But, some glass panes on the building were shattered in the incident.
“It’s a lot of rounds — a lot of rounds at his disposal, a large powerful weapon at his disposal,” FBI agent Matthew DeSarno said to The Associated Press.
“But for the actions for the Federal Protective Service officers, this likely would have been a very deadly incident,” he said.
Tom Fox, a Dallas Morning News photographer, took a photo of the gunman, face covered and wearing glasses and what appears to be body armor and a waist belt containing several magazines of ammunition.
Fox had gone to the federal building on a seemingly routine assignment to photograph a defendant in a fraud case. This long-time veteran of news journalism told the Morning News that he heard something that sounded like gunshots and then saw the alleged gunman.
“I just kept thinking, ‘He’s going to look at me around that corner and he’s going to shoot,'” the photographer said.
“So I pulled up my long lens and saw someone who I realized was the shooter. And I think, ‘Oh my God.’ I squeezed off a few frames as he picked something up — a clip, I think — and then I turned and ran,” he said.
Fox said that he followed three police officers as they crossed a street into a parking lot, where the suspect was lying fatally wounded on the ground.
Authorities have not identified a motive for the shooting and have not released any details of the suspect.
A U.S. Army spokesman has confirmed to the Morning News that Clyde was a private first class and served as an infantryman for about 19 months, from August 2015 to February 2017.
In the photo taken by Fox, Clyde was wearing an emblem representing the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
In a June 9 video post from Clyde’s Facebook page, which has since been removed, Clyde stands in a darkened room wearing a military-style weapon that appears to be the same one seen in Fox’s image.
He refers to a coming “storm,” but says, “I’m not without defense.”
In a post from Saturday, Clyde says he has “decided to finish getting all of my mags. 2 40 rounders and 8 30 rounders total.”