Gunmen open fire at Dallas police

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Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Several men carrying automatic weapons opened fire on officers outside Dallas Police headquarters early today.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said one suspect then fled in what witnesses described as an armoured van and was chased by officers.

Police said no motive for the shooting has been established and conflicting witness accounts made it difficult to determine how many gunmen were involved.

Mr Brown told a news conference that the shoot-out began at about 12.30am local time, when the suspects parked in front of the building and began firing.

He said at least one suspect fled the scene in a van which rammed a police cruiser before leading officers on a chase that ended in an ongoing stand-off at a car park in the city of Hutchins, where more gunfire was exchanged.

Mr Brown said the suspect driving the van told officers that he blames police for losing custody of his son and “accusing him of being a terrorist”. The gunman also said he had explosives in the van, which appeared to be fitted with gun ports in the sides.

No injuries were reported.

Based on witness accounts, Mr Brown said as many as four suspects may have been involved in the original shooting, including some who may have been strategically positioned at elevated positions.

Police could not immediately confirm how many gunmen were involved and where any additional suspects may be located.

Mr Brown said officers also found four bags outside police headquarters, including one containing a pipe bomb which later exploded. Police were evacuating nearby residents as a precaution, he added.

Published: Saturday 13th June 2015 by The News Editor

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