At least 12 police cars were reported damaged Sunday morning.
(Dallas Police Association)
A Dallas man to turn 59 on Wednesday, is in custody for allegedly smashing a dozen police squad cars with a sledgehammer on the weekend.
The spree was eventually stopped by an unarmed officer, and Dallas police finally got the suspect, Gregory Simpson, an early birthday present: An arrest and time in prison.
“He is very happy with the fact that the man was not the sledgehammer and attack him,” Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, told WFAA. “The Marshals would have had to come out and it can be turned into a lethal force.”
Around 5 am this morning, a suspect entered our central station car park, which is STILL unsecured smashing 12 cars in total! What is needed to people, the Officer being killed ? These parking spaces need to be protected !!!!! pic.twitter.com/vWUGLFUlzV
— Dallas Police Assoc (@DPA_PoliceAssoc) February 4, 2018
Dallas-police say Gregory Simpson broke down in the parking lot at the Dallas City Marshal’s Office in the detention center just after 5 a.m. on the Sunday morning before a one-man wrecking crew.
It was not immediately clear why the police believe Simpson to start swinging the sledgehammer, but he was charged with criminal mischief and is being held in the North Tower Detention facility on $50,000 bond.
Gregory Simpson was stopped by an unarmed officer, the Dallas Police Association’s president said.
(Dallas County Jail)
The incident has led to calls from the union for a better security at Dallas police facilities and improvements, including the installation of bullet-proof glass, and better screens, according to FOX4.
“We see it time and time again. A person, who either is the beginning or the ‘mindset’ to either injure themselves, officers, or injury to property to see…and we are rolling the dice,” said Mata. “And we have the luck that he was not trying to kill a director or an officer not to kill him.”
Police and their facilities in Dallas have been targeted in the past few years, particularly in 2016, when a sniper killed five officers at an anti-police brutality march.
The city’s south central patrol station, was also fired on in a drive-by shooting in 2017, and Dallas Police headquarters was shot on the two years earlier, FOX4 reported.