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Suspect killed in Dallas police shooting bought vehicle in Georgia

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Authorities say they've confirmed the death of a suspect accused of opening fire on officers outside the Dallas police headquarters and a vehicle used in the incident has a Georgia connection.

Police said Saturday that the suspect was found dead inside his armored van at a parking lot in suburban Hutchins, where he had been in an hours-long standoff with SWAT team officers.

CBS46 has learned that the armored van the suspect used in his assault on police was bought from a truck dealer in Coweta County.

The vehicle that the man used in the assault was bought at Jenco Used Truck and Equipment Sales in Newnan after it was advertised on eBay. According to the listing, the vehicle was advertised as a "Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport."

The owner of the vehicle promoted it as a novelty item for fans of zombie culture.It's no surprise that a Newnan seller would have zombies on the mind.

The popular cable series 'The Walking Dead' has filmed a lot of scenes in Coweta County, and some towns have made a business out of organizing tours of the places where episodes were shot to attract visitors.

The van was listed on eBay with this description:

"This full armored zombie busting vehicle features convenient gun ports so no zombie juice touches you during a mass zombie take down. It also has benches in the back so you can take turns resting during long Zombie sieges. The tactical step boards are installed for when you only need swords and axes for drive by mow downs. The bumpers are made of reinforced steel tubing, so no dents from smashing zombie heads! It's full armor plated and has bullet proof windows just in case you run into other zombie hunting hordes who might try to take this bad boy from you. Like anything, there is a price attached to this fine piece of zombie fighting machinery."

The owner of Jenco Sales said he got the van from South Carolina and offered to have it shipped anywhere in the country. He likely never met the man in person who ended up buying it with a winning bid of just over eight thousand dollars.

You can imagine the business owner's surprise when he found out this morning that the person he sold it to, a buyer who had such good feedback on Ebay, was planning to kill police officers with the van in real life.

The owner said he has already been contacted by law enforcement regarding the incident.

Click here to watch YouTube video from the attack. (Warning: Contains graphic images and explicit language).

Dallas Police Chief David Brown had said a sniper hit the suspect shortly after 5 a.m. and that officers had lost contact with him for several hours afterward. But officers did not directly approach the van due to the threat of explosives inside.

Witnesses say the suspect fired several rounds at officers and rammed his van into a squad car before fleeing. No one was injured in the gunfire.

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