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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Dallas arrested a man who they say was armed with two loaded handguns, five clips and a mask. They say the man threatened officers at the Southwest Patrol station.
Police say a man, later identified as 22-year-old Adan Salazar, in his mid-20s was stopped outside of the building and arrested without further incident. He was taken into custody for a mental health evaluation.
“They’re showing up with a cause. They are there for a reason and that reason is to injure or kill officers,” said Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association.
Salazar had a mask similar to those worn by the group Anonymous, according to police. He also had two loaded 9mm handguns and five clips.
He was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana.
Mata’s frustration stems from a promise he is calling on Dallas city leaders to keep. Following the 2015 shooting of the Dallas Police Department headquarters, he says they were told police stations would be better secured with barriers and controlled access.
Mata says to this day that hasn’t happened and instead police officers are having to park outside in their station parking lot to protect the building.
“We need to do what the city said they would do two years ago and that is to update the facility with some kind of guarded access so that officers can feel safe in their second homes,” added Mata.
Mata said the Wednesday threat and the possible foiled attack on police is proof that there are people who will try and harm officers. “These incidents are starting to come more often.”