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Man Allegedly Rams Pickup Into Dallas News Station, Claiming Someone Is Trying To Kill Him
Michael Chadwick Fry was yelling "high treason! High treason!" among other things during the incident, FOX4 reporter recalls.
A ranting man was arrested Wednesday after police say he intentionally crashed his pickup into a news station in downtown Dallas, Texas.
Michael Chadwick Fry, 34, repeatedly rammed his Dodge Ram pickup into a side wall of FOX4 a little after 6 a.m, the Dallas Police Department said. Reporters at the station recorded Fry putting boxes filled with paper next to the building.
“You could see the man’s pickup truck, the front of it clearly smashed. One of our employees told me he ran into the side of the building, backed up and then ran into it a second time,” reporter Brandon Todd, who was present during the incident, said according to FOX4. “When we went into the office we saw him and he was in the bed of his truck and he was throwing boxes into the street and then just grabbing handfuls of paper and throwing handfuls of paper into the street as well.”
Todd said that as Fry got out of the car, he yelled “High treason! High treason!”
Then, the suspect began talking about a past incident he was involved in.
“He is claiming that someone tried to kill him and ended up hitting a relative of his and so he was wanting justice, I think,” Todd recalled. “ But also at some point, he was saying, ‘And they’re coming for me. They’re coming after me trying to kill me.’”
A Dallas police spokesperson later said he was upset about an officer-involved shooting in 2012, according to FOX4. During that incident, he was a passenger in a car when deputies shot and killed another man. Police said the paperwork he brought to the station was mostly about that incident.
"Scary moment this morning when a man drove his truck into our building," reporter FOX 4 Shannon Murray said on Twitter. "We evacuated while the bomb squad is investigating."
A bomb squad checked out Fry’s truck and a bag he left at the scene. They did not find anything, police said.
“The officers who made contact with the suspect said he was talking and rambling, but did not make any sense,” police said. “ It does not appear the suspect was directly targeting the media in this incident”.
Fry was reportedly taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and then brought to jail where he faces charges for felony criminal mischief.
He has been arrested previously for assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, DWI and burglary.
[Photo: (Denton County Sheriff's Office]