Sniper Kills Suspect in Police HQ Attack in Dallas

He is believed to be dead, had blamed cops for losing custody of his son
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2015 5:58 AM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2015 1:00 PM CDT
Cops: Gunmen Open Fire on Dallas Police HQ
In this handout photo provided by Anita Grendahl, police respond moments after multiple shots were fired early Saturday.   (Anita Grendahl, via AP)

The chaos in Dallas is over after the city's police headquarters was attacked by a gunman with bombs. A police sniper has indeed killed the suspect inside his van, reports AP. It took a while to confirm because police were cautious about approaching the vehicle. It also appears that he acted alone, contrary to earlier police reports that up to four people were involved. Police Chief David Brown said the man identified himself as James Boulware and blamed police for "accusing him of being a terrorist" and causing him to lose custody of his son. He allegedly opened fire on police headquarters with automatic weapons about 12:30am and left two explosive devices near the building.

One of them, described as a pipe bomb, detonated as an explosives robot moved it, but nobody was injured. Authorities say the gunman led police on a chase to a fast-food parking lot, where he holed up in his van and claimed it was rigged with bombs. The Dallas Morning News reports police arrested a James Boulware, now 50, in 2013 after he threatened to attack his family, churches, and schools, and had obtained firearms, ammunition, and body armor. "He blames the police for taking his son away from him," his father, Jim Boulware, tells the newspaper. "I tried to tell him that the police are just doing their job." (More Dallas stories.)

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