CNN anchor calls Dallas attack 'brave'

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A CNN anchor had a surprising assessment of Saturday's Dallas shooting.

The network's Fredricka Whitfield was speaking to CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway when she offered words of praise for the driver of an armored van who opened fire outside of the Dallas police department's headquarters. The driver was killed by a police sniper.

"It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff," Whitfield said.

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CNN anchor calls Dallas attack 'brave'
A Dallas police officer walks down Belleview Street one block away from police headquarters searching the area Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Dallas. Multiple gunmen toting automatic weapons opened fire on officers outside Dallas Police headquarters early Saturday morning, before one man fled the scene being chased by police in what witnesses described as an armored van, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown. ((AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd and Interstate 45 during a stand off with a gunman barricaded inside a van, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Hutchins, Texas. The gunman allegedly attacked Dallas Police Headquarters. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Evidence markers on seen on a sidewalk in front of Dallas police headquarters as members of the FBI evidence response team, rear, investigate an intersection in front of the building Saturday June 13, 2015, in Dallas. A police sniper shot a cornered suspect in an overnight attack on the Dallas Police Department's headquarters, and authorities were checking Saturday to see if he was alive or dead. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Here are some pictures of the damage at HQ. http://t.co/ic18axSTPO
An armoured van just attacked a police station in Dallas with guns and a bomb http://t.co/UAN28dVOGK http://t.co/vHNyzXgBew
Dallas police now say they believe it was one person shooting at police HQ
We are researching the name the suspect gave, however the identity of the suspect has not been confirmed.
Initially, witness said there might have been 4 suspects. @DPDChief says we believe that one suspect shot from various locations.
.@DPDChief says, "We barely survived the intent of this suspect." #Dallas police officers literally dodged bullets.
There are no injured officers. Some say #Dallas PD officers are lucky, @DPDChief says #Dallas PD officers are blessed.
Tactical officers take up a position at the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd and Interstate 45 during a stand off with a gunman barricaded inside a van near by, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Hutchins, Texas. The gunman allegedly attacked Dallas Police Headquarters. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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Holloway responded by saying: "I think the Dallas police did an excellent job handling this situation, and we're very fortunate that no one other than the suspect was injured."

A CNN rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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