Furious Man Takes A Sledgehammer And Damages 12 Dallas Police Cars
Dallas police say a man with a sledgehammer damaged 12 squad cars early Sunday at the department’s Central Division station on South Hall Street in Deep Ellum.
Police said 58-year-old Gregory Simpson entered the police station parking lot about 5:20 a.m. through a gate at the City Marshal’s office and slung a hammer on the first police car he came across, police said.
He then proceeded to damage the windshields of three more Dallas police cars and eight Dallas marshal cars, causing about $4,900 in damage, police wrote in his arrest warrant affidavit.
A witness ran to the marshals office to tell them what was going on outside.
Officers confronted the suspect and told him to drop the hammer. He was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief. Dallas Fire-Rescue was also called to the lot to treat Simpson, though police didn’t specify what the treatment was for.
The motive was unknown.
Simpson told a detective who tried to talk to him that he wanted a lawyer. He remained in the Dallas County jail on Monday.
Photos shared by the Dallas Police Association on Twitter showed squad cars with broken windshields and windows. The association’s president couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. “These parking lots need to be secure !!!!!” the association tweeted.
Police increased security at the stations after a man in an armored vehicle rained bullets on the Dallas police headquarters in 2015 and after a gunman fatally ambushed five officers, injuring several other people, a year later.
The police association estimated on Sunday that the added security has likely cost the city several millions of dollars.
This incident is the latest in a string of attacks on Dallas police buildings.
In June 2017, emergency crews responded to a suspicious package at the Dallas Police Headquarters forcing a lockdown. In 2015, a van plowed into a police car and the driver opened fire at the front entrance of the main headquarters.
Mata said the city needs to step up and install fencing around seven police stations to increase security and protect their officers. “The funding has already been allocated in the bond package,” Mata said. “It’s there. It’s just getting it done. Someone just needs to dig a hole and build some fences.”
Mata said the fences would cost less than a million dollars. The city has not responded to requests for security increases or a possible construction date for the fencing.