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Dallas Police HQ gunman shot dead by sniper

Published 13/06/2015 | 15:13

Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd and Interstate 45 during a stand off with a gunman barricaded inside a van, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Hutchins, Texas. The gunman allegedly attacked Dallas Police Headquarters. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd and Interstate 45 during a stand off with a gunman barricaded inside a van, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Hutchins, Texas. The gunman allegedly attacked Dallas Police Headquarters. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Several bullet holes are seen in the windshield of a police patrol car in Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released by the Dallas Police Department on June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
Several bullet holes are seen in the windshield of a police patrol car in Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released by the Dallas Police Department on June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
Police officers use a dog while searching for explosives outside the police headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released by the Dallas Police Department on June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
A bullet hole is seen in a window of the Dallas police headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released by the Dallas Police Department on June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
Debris remains where an explosive ordnance robot attempted to move a bag, outside the Dallas Police Department in Dallas, Texas, in this handout photo released by the Dallas Police Department on June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
Dallas police officers walk down Belleview Street one block away from police headquarters searching the area Saturday June 13, 2015, in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
A SWAT vehicle makes its way toward a police staging area at the intersection of Interstate 45 and E Palestine Street, where police have cornered a suspect in a van on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Hutchins, Texas. Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP
Dallas police officers walk down Belleview Street one block away from police headquarters searching the area Saturday June 13, 2015, in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Police gather at the intersection of Interstate 45 and E Palestine Street, where police have cornered a suspect in a van on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Hutchins, Texas. Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP

US authorities have confirmed the death of a suspect accused of opening fire on officers outside the Dallas police headquarters.

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Police said that the suspect was found dead inside his armoured van at a car park in suburban Hutchins, where he had been in an hours-long stand off with Swat team officers.

Police chief David Brown said a sniper hit the suspect shortly after 5am and that officers had lost contact with him for several hours. But officers did not directly approach the van due to the threat of explosives inside.

Witnesses said the suspect fired several rounds at officers and rammed his van into a squad car before fleeing.

No one was injured in the gunfire.

Police chief David Brown said an officer shot the suspect while he was holed up in a van in a car park in the Dallas suburb of Hutchins. He said the man told police he had explosives in the van.

Mr Brown said investigators believe the man acted alone in the early-morning attack on Dallas police headquarters, despite early witness reports that others may have taken part. Police recovered two explosive devices near the building.

Mr Brown said the man identified himself as James Boulware and said he blamed police for losing custody of his son and "accusing him of being a terrorist".

Read more here: Shots fired from 'armoured van' outside Dallas Police headquarters, explosive device found inside

Despite a hail of gunshots at the police headquarters, including some that hit police vehicles, nobody was wounded.

Mr Brown told a news conference that the shootout began about 12.30am today.

Police said they found two explosive devices near the headquarters building and cleared them away.

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