Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the shootout began about 12:30 a.m. local time when the suspects pulled up to the building and began firing. He said at least one of the suspects fled the scene in a van that rammed a police cruiser before leading police on the chase that ended at the parking lot. Brown says negotiations are ongoing with the suspect in the van. The suspect has told police that he is injured, but authorities cannot confirm any injuries, Fox4News.com reported.Over at Hot Air, they're reporting multiple shooters, some of whom may have taken elevated positions before firing on police officers.
A full blown assault on the Dallas Police Department headquarters erupted in the middle of the night and as of this writing the dangerous situation is still playing out. In what looks like a detailed, planned in advance scheme, the attackers used multiple weapons, up to four bombs (two of which have been safely detonated by explosives experts) and an armored van. (Where in the heck did you get an armored van?) While details are developing and much of this may change, the cops are saying that up to four shooters were involved, (possibly more) with some of them possibly taking strategic, elevated positions to shoot at the cops.Thankfully, no one has been hurt (neither police nor bystanders) although one suspect who is currently talking to police from his barricaded position in that armored van, reports that he's been injured.
After attacking the police station, some or all of the suspects fled in the armored van, and as of 8 am eastern time were holed up in a Jack in the Box parking lot where their van mysteriously developed engine trouble after the Dallas PD put multiple .50 caliber rounds through the front grill.Yeah, .50 cal rounds in the grill would tend to cause engine problems, but as long as they're held up at Jack in the Box, everyone should be able to get a burger when this incident is over. Hopefully, the Dallas PD can get everyone out of the van safely and try to learn their motivation. I'd love to sit in on that interview and hear how they thought that attacking a police station would be a good idea.