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Friday, 8 July 2016

Dallas Sniper Attack: 5 Officers Killed Dring Protests Against Police

Shooters killed five officers at a protest over police violence in downtown Dallas, sending screaming crowds scrambling for shelter and spurring an investigation into who was behind the ambush.
2 of the 5 officers killed
The deadly gunfire erupted in Dallas on Thursday night as videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country.

Authorities say three people are in custody and one suspect is dead in Dallas. They haven't revealed details about the shooters or their motives.

Twelve officers were shot, and some of the injured officers are undergoing surgery, authorities said. The shooting was the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001, CNN reports.

Two civilians were also wounded, according to Scott Goldstein, chief of policy and communications for the mayor.

Here's what we know:

  • At least 10 police officers were shot by snipers during the protests, Dallas police Chief David Brown said.
  • Brown said it's unclear how many suspects were involved, but three people are in custody.
  • Police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with a suspect for hours at a parking garage in downtown Dallas. That suspect is dead, a law enforcement official told CNN. The official did not say how the suspect died.
  • "The suspect told our negotiators that the end is coming," Brown said. The suspect at the garage also told negotiators more officers were going to get hurt, and that bombs had been planted all over downtown.
  • Police found no explosives during primary and secondary sweeps of the area, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said Friday morning on Twitter.
  • Two officers crouch behind barriers after 11 officers were shot in Dallas. Authorities tried to negotiate for hours with a suspect in a downtown garage.

Meanwhile, a suspect who died after a standoff with Dallas police said he wanted to kill white people -- especially white officers -- and that he was upset about "the recent police shootings," and that he acted alone, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday.

The suspect eventually was killed by a bomb that authorities detonated, Brown said.
"We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was," Brown said. "Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb."
Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the ambush in Dallas that began Thursday night, officials have said, in the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Two civilians also were injured in the shootings, the office of Dallas' mayor has said.
Most of the injured Dallas police officers have been released from a hospital, Brown told reporters. The officers' conditions are improving, Brown said.
"All I know is that this must stop -- this divisiveness between our police and our citizens," Brown said. "We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event."
Brown said an investigation into the ambush continues.
"I'm not going to be satisfied until we've turned over every stone. We've got some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting. But we're not satisfied that we've exhausted every lead," he said. "So if there's someone out there who's associated with this, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will bring you to justice."

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