Man With Cries of High Treason Rams Office of Local TV Channel
DALLAS, TEXAS – September 6, 2018
An unknown man twice deliberately rammed the building of the FOX 4 studios in Dallas and then jumped out of the vehicle and started "ranting" something about the 'sheriff's department' and 'high treason'.
Arriving at the scene police arrested the man. The investigation went on for several hours to make sure nothing was in a bag left outside. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, which took place just before 7 a.m. ET.
In addition, the man had an unknown box with some printing of unknown contents and "mostly rambling." The papers were also then strewn along the sidewalk and adjacent to the building. It is unclear also the alleged motives of the detainee.
Dallas Police Public Information Officer Debra Webb said that officers made contact with the suspect and took the man into custody "without incident."
The man was identified as 34-year-old Michael Chadwick Fry. According to the Dallas police, he had an 'agitated mental state'. Fry was previously arrested in 2016 in Denton County, located outside of Dallas. He was also arrested in Dallas County in 2011, according to FOX 4.
"It's just concerning to matter what the building is or who is outside," Webb said, responding to a question if the man was targeting a media organization. "We're really lucky today no one was injured."
Webb said that Fry appeared to be upset about an officer-involved shooting elsewhere and left numerous flyers.
Photojournalists from the station filmed Fry placing numerous boxes next to the side of the building "filled with stacks of paper." FOX4 reporter Brandon Todd confirmed it and said that Fry then held up papers against windows. Webb had no further details about the man's motivation, other than they don't believe he was targeting the media.
Pictures posted by the television station showed boxes of paper strewn throughout the parking lot, in addition to broken windows and the man in handcuffs.
The station reported that most of the people inside were evacuated, but a few continued to work to "keep the news on air from a secure location" until police cleared the scene.
"Scary moment this morning when a man drove his truck into our building," reporter Shannon Murray tweeted. "We evacuated while the bomb squad is investigating."
Scary moment this morning when a man drove his truck into our building. We evacuated while the bomb squad is investigating. pic.twitter.com/fnbDopcJFb— Shannon Murray (@ShannonMFox4) September 5, 2018
The incident drew a large number of emergency responders surrounding the building downtown as authorities investigated, interrupting service for Dallas Area Rapid Transit nearby.
The man was crying when he was taken into custody, Todd said. Authorities said he was taken to a hospital for examination and is now at the Dallas County jail. The investigation is ongoing.