In this image taken from video by KDFW Fox 4 a man is detained after crashing his pickup truck into the side of the Fox affiliate television station building in downtown Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Despite the crash, nobody was hurt. (KDFW Fox 4 via AP)

Police: Man who rammed Dallas station wasn't targeting media

September 05, 2018 - 12:39 pm

DALLAS (AP) — A man repeatedly rammed his pickup truck into the Fox television affiliate's building in downtown Dallas before police detained him on Wednesday, though authorities said they don't believe he was targeting the media.

The man repeatedly crashed into the large windows near the entrance of the building that houses KDFW at around 6 a.m., smashing several of them. The truck hit an unoccupied administrative side of the building before office workers arrived for the day.

After ramming the building for the final time, the man "jumped out and started ranting," KDFW said in a statement. He wasn't able to get inside the building.

Anchor and reporter Brandon Todd said the man was yelling about "high treason," and that he believed he had clearly been wronged and that someone was trying to kill him.

"It's not real clear to what his message was," according to Todd.

At one point, the man pulled an orange duffel bag out of his truck, causing onlookers to back away, Todd said. Police Senior Cpl. Debra Webb said a bomb squad later determined that the bag didn't contain any suspicious devices.

Police said the man also scattered papers with hand writing on them that had information on a police-involved shooting.

The man was crying when he was taken into custody, Todd said. Authorities said he was taken to a hospital for examination and is now at the Dallas County jail.

The incident didn't interrupt the station's 7 a.m. newscast.

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