Downtown Dallas almost turned into the next bloodbath at the hands of a mass shooting.
Luckily, police neutralized the situation before a single casually occurred.
This morning, Brian Isaack Clyde appeared at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. He was decked out in tactical gear with a large rifle and plenty of magazines for reloading. Meanwhile, more than 300 employees were starting the day, business as usual.
None of them expected to make the evening news when the day began. But that’s exactly how the day unfolded.
According to NBC News:
The incident began at about 8:40 a.m. on the south side of the federal building, along Jackson Street where the suspected shooter fired an unknown number of shots at the lobby before exchanging gunfire with Federal Protective Service officers guarding the building.
In a video obtained by NBC 5, the gunman can be seen firing shots at the south side of the courthouse before running into a nearby parking lot where he collapsed.
During a news conference Monday afternoon, SAC Matt DeSarno, with the Dallas FBI, said there’s no evidence Clyde ever made it into the building during the attack.
“If not for the actions of the FPS officers, it would have been a very deadly incident,” said DeSarno.
Dramatic video captured the event.
US Attorney Eric Nealy Cox gave law enforcement a shining endorsement after the incident.
“If there’s one thing that this incident has taught us it’s that security system at the federal courthouse has worked to our benefit today and we are significantly grateful for that,” Cox said.
“Law enforcement responded immediately and I want to assure the community, especially our downtown community, that the community is safe,” Cox [added].
History Didn’t Repeat Itself
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Growing up, my dad always impressed upon me the importance of studying history. I can still hear these words in his voice: “If we don’t pay attention to history, it’s destined to repeat.”
Today is a shining example of his wisdom. This shooting took place mere blocks from a shooting in July, 2016. Sadly, that incident had a much different outcome, as four Dallas police officers and a Dallas transit officer were gunned down in an ambush.
Of course, in the era of Obama, police were public enemy number one. And Trump is still working to reverse the damage Obama’s stance on law enforcement caused.
Immediately following Trump’s inauguration, it seemed police were gunned down on a weekly basis.
I recall a story in which two officers responded to a traffic accident. Only there was no accident. It was an ambush. The police showed up to help. Instead, they were shot. One was critically wounded, the other died. I wish I could say “that’s California for you,” but sadly it happens all over the country.
As my colleague, Miranda Dawson, pointed out: “The Left may claim that Obama calmed the nation with his sermon-like eloquence, however his actions as president paint a different picture.”
In fact, last year our team put together “Bleeding Blue,” a film dedicated to the dangers of police work.
Last month, another story about the war against police crossed my desk. In it, a teenage girl plotted to bait police into shooting her. Of course, once the situation escalated, regret hit her like a freight train.
And while the story was quite bizarre, I think the bigger picture is far more important. These incidents aren’t happening quite as often. The war on police isn’t over, but it is dying down. Now the balance of power is beginning to be restored.
Today’s events could have unfolded in a much deeper tragedy.
Clearly, we can’t rid the world of psychopaths like Brian Clyde. And in the days to come, the sordid details of his past will surely be cussed and discussed until we’ve analyzed every piece.
So far, we know he’s lived all over Texas, including Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi. And he served in the Army. Further, Clyde’s Facebook page displays his love of weapons.
According to NBC:
Clyde shared images of ammunition magazines and a sword or dagger. He also posted several videos, one of which, on June 9, warned of an upcoming storm. It’s unclear if he was speaking of a metaphorical storm or a literal one — June 9 was the day a thunderstorm toppled a crane in downtown Dallas, killing one.
From 2015 to 2017, Clyde apparently served in the U.S. Army. In a video he posted on his Facebook page, he mentioned his service in the Army and said he’d been stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The FBI confirmed Monday that Clyde was discharged in 2017 and that they were working with the Department of Defense to examine his military record and learn more about his friends and associates.
So far, that’s a whole lot of nothing. In the days to come, theories of motive will be bandied about. Eventually authorities will try to pack this away in a box all neatly tied up with a bow on top. But we can never truly know what sets a person like this in motion. The only thing we know for certain is this: some dumb left-winger will blame the gun. And the next week will bring the same old gun control debate. That much you can bank on.