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A man is in custody after slamming his pickup truck into the Dallas FOX television station, ranting and throwing leaflets before surrendering to officers, police say.
At about 6:15 a.m., a man, identified by police as Michael Fry, crashed his pickup into the downtown Dallas TV station multiple times before he jumped out of the truck and began yelling, police said.
Fry then grabbed a bag out of the truck and placed it near the building, police said, which prompted a bomb squad investigation.
Fry eventually surrendered to police and his bag and truck were later cleared with no threatening devices found, police said.
“The officers say he was rambling and saying all kinds of nonsense,” said Cpl. Debra Webb, with the Dallas Police Department. “It appears he was in some sort of agitated state so we’re not really sure exactly what the issue was and why he was doing that.”
Video from NBC 5’s Texas Sky Ranger showed Wednesday’s crash with papers littering the parking lot adjacent to the building. Police said the papers mentioned a local television station other than the FOX affiliate.
“It’s concerning no matter what the building is or who’s inside,” Webb said. “We’re really lucky today that no one was injured.”
Dallas police later said the papers Fry had with him were about an officer-involved shooting in another city and that he wasn’t directly targeting the media with his attack.
The name on Fry’s flyer, Roberto Hernandez, is the same name as a man shot and killed in 2012 by a Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy during a traffic stop.
In the 2012 report, deputies said Hernandez and his passenger, Michael Chadwick Fry, would not exit the vehicle as ordered. Deputies said Hernandez put the car in reverse and rammed into the deputy’s patrol vehicle. The deputy then fired into the car, killing Hernandez.
After surrendering, Fry was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for a medical evaluation. Following that, he was transported to the Dallas County Jail where he was charged with criminal mischief.
Online Denton County records show that Fry has been booked into jail more than two dozen times since 2003 on a variety of crimes, including public intoxication and arson.
A bomb-sniffing dog checked vehicles parked in the studio parking lot and lots nearby.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit said train and bus service that was suspended in the area has returned to normal operations.
All but one of his 27 arrests happened in Denton County, where Fry was also involved in an October 2012 officer-involved shooting.
Fry was the passenger in a car driven by Roberto Hernandez, whom the Denton County Sheriff’s Department said attempted to ram a deputy’s car. During the incident, Hernandez was killed when a sheriff’s deputy opened fire; the shooting was later ruled justified.
Hernandez’s mother, Silvia, is angry at what Fry has done and what he’s been doing over the years. She says Fry was a bad influence on her son and led up to Hernandez’s deadly run-in with a deputy. She blames Fry for her son’s death.
“He should feel guilty. He’s the main reason why my son is not here,” she said. “He should be dead, not my son.”
Silvia says she’s surprised Fry is still alive because of his reckless, criminal lifestyle. She’s shocked he’d commit this crime in her son’s name and says she’s had no contact with Fry.
“Since the day my son was killed, that’s the last day I saw Michael,” Silvia said.
Silvia says her son was trying to distance himself from Fry, realizing he was dangerous. Hernandez was trying to better his life after the birth of his son, Travis, who is now 5 years old and in the care of his grandmother.
“He’s crazy. His mind is not right,” Silvia said. “I feel horrible for him mentioning my son’s name or doing anything in my son’s name. All I want is my son to rest in peace.”
Kim Knowler has known Fry since he was about 12. Their homes are a stone’s throw apart on Oakwood Drive in Bartonville, a town south of Denton. She often saw police at the home he shares with his mother.
“It was like I wasn’t surprised at all, I really wasn’t,” Knowler said. “He always seemed to be like Teflon. Every time he’d get arrested he’d be out, back down there, after a couple of weeks and it was like surely he’s done enough stuff to where they can keep him for a lot longer than that.”
On Wednesday, outside of FOX4, many of the flyers that Fry scattered from his vehicle made reference to the shooting, naming some of the people involved. Dallas police said Fry was mumbling as he was arrested but was difficult to understand.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 6th, 2018