Dallas Police Headquarters Under Attack

Authorities in Texas said Saturday that a gunman in an armored vehicle opened fire on police headquarters in Dallas, puncturing windows and police cars with bullets, then drove off in a hail of police gunfire before being killed by a sniper.

Police surrounded the armored van in a Dallas suburb early Saturday. After an exchange of gunfire and a three-hour standoff, snipers fired into the vehicle to disable the engine. The Dallas police chief said his sniper team fired through the van's windshield a few minutes later when they glimpsed the suspect inside the vehicle.

More than seven hours after the shooting began, a Dallas police spokesman posted on the department's Twitter account that the suspect had been found dead in the vehicle. He said police had not confirmed the man's identity and were awaiting information from a medical examiner's report.

Authorities did not move in on the suspect immediately because of fears that the vehicle might have been booby trapped with explosives.

Apart from the suspect's wounds, no injuries were reported. Police Chief David Brown told how several of his officers narrowly missed being hit and said he felt everyone involved was "blessed."

A cache of pipe bombs planted outside police headquarters exploded when a robot tried to remove it. Brown said that could have been a fatal explosion if anyone had been nearby.

The chief said the attacker had an arrest record for violent incidents involving his family, and had denounced police for branding him a "terrorist." However, no information was released that would link the man to any terrorist group.

Dallas, the third-largest city in Texas, has a population of well over 1 million.

Saturday's incident was the latest in a series of ambushes and attacks on police officers in the United States this year.

Authorities in Texas said Saturday that a gunman in an armored vehicle opened fire on police headquarters in Dallas, puncturing windows and police cars with bullets, then drove off in a hail of police gunfire before being killed by a sniper.

Police surrounded the armored van in a Dallas suburb early Saturday. After an exchange of gunfire and a three-hour standoff, snipers fired into the vehicle to disable the engine. The Dallas police chief said his sniper team fired through the van's windshield a few minutes later when they glimpsed the suspect inside the vehicle.

More than seven hours after the shooting began, a Dallas police spokesman posted on the department's Twitter account that the suspect had been found dead in the vehicle. He said police had not confirmed the man's identity and were awaiting information from a medical examiner's report.

Authorities did not move in on the suspect immediately because of fears that the vehicle might have been booby trapped with explosives.

Apart from the suspect's wounds, no injuries were reported. Police Chief David Brown told how several of his officers narrowly missed being hit and said he felt everyone involved was "blessed."

A cache of pipe bombs planted outside police headquarters exploded when a robot tried to remove it. Brown said that could have been a fatal explosion if anyone had been nearby.

The chief said the attacker had an arrest record for violent incidents involving his family, and had denounced police for branding him a "terrorist." However, no information was released that would link the man to any terrorist group.

Dallas, the third-largest city in Texas, has a population of well over 1 million.

Saturday's incident was the latest in a series of ambushes and attacks on police officers in the United States this year.