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Suspect shot dead by snipers after attack on Dallas police headquarters

Published 14/06/2015 | 02:30

Bullet holes pierce the windshield of a police cruiser at Dallas Police Headquarters after an early morning attack on police by a gunman
Bullet holes pierce the windshield of a police cruiser at Dallas Police Headquarters after an early morning attack on police by a gunman

A man suspected of attacking Dallas police headquarters early yesterday, spraying it with gunfire and leaving explosive devices around the building, was shot and killed by snipers a few hours later, police said.

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Authorities say the attacker was acting alone, motivated by personal grievances and had no known connection to any terrorist groups.

Police snipers shot the suspect through the windshield of a van in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant about 16km south of the city. No police were injured in the attack.

Hours after it occurred, police could be seen on live TV conducting a controlled explosion on the suspect's van. A robot had previously checked the vehicle for explosives and found two pipe bombs inside.

The hours-long ordeal began soon after midnight when the suspect riddled Dallas Police HQ with bullets and left at least two devices in duffle bags that later exploded. The attack left windows shattered and bullet holes in walls and squad cars.

The assailant then rammed a patrol car and led police on a high-speed chase. Later negotiations were sporadic dialogue and eventually petered out, prompting a move to disable the van by piercing its engine block with rifle fire. The suspect appeared to be a man who had blamed authorities for losing custody of his son.

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