After ‘general threats,’ at least 2 Dallas police buildings blocked off

The American and Texas flag sit at half-staff outside of the Dallas police department headquarters, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five law enforcement officers were killed with several more injured by a suspected lone gunman after a planned rally Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) —

6:25 p.m.

At least two Dallas Police Department buildings are now blocked off, with numerous police vehicles and armed officers outside.

Officers in helmets carrying rifles were outside the buildings Saturday evening. Police also are standing outside a building behind police headquarters.

It wasn’t immediately clear what police are investigating. Maj. Thomas Castro says several general threats have been made against Dallas police, though nothing specific.

A Dallas police spokeswoman said earlier Saturday that the department received an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city and has tightened security.

Police also have shut down a street in front of the department’s headquarters amid the heightened police presence.

Reporters are being told to move away from the area.

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6 p.m.

Dallas police have shut down a street in front of the department’s headquarters and there is a heightened police presence near the building.

It wasn’t immediately clear what police were investigating. Media outlets were being told to move to the front of headquarters, in east of downtown Dallas

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5:45 p.m.

A Dallas police spokeswoman says the department received an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city and has tightened security.

Dallas Police Department spokeswoman Sr. Cpl. Monica Cordova called the measures precautionary.

An armored vehicle was moved to near the department’s downtown headquarters late Saturday afternoon and heavily armed officers were seen walking nearby. But members of the public were still able to walk about freely around the building.

Other departments around the country have been receiving threats. They follow videos involving police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas.

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