UPDATE: JULY 8, 2016 AT 12:00 A.M.
The Dallas Police Association has confirmed that a fifth officer has died after an “ambush style” attack by two snipers in downtown Dallas during a protest over police brutality. In a total, 11 police officers have been shot with five of those being fatally.
During a news conference that took place at around 10:30 P.M. local time, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that police were negotiating with a suspect on the second level of a parking garage where another suspect had previously engaged in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers. The suspect began firing at the officers in a shootout which reportedly occurred for more than 45 minutes.
The suspect told negotiators that “the end was coming” and that he’s “going to hurt and kill more of us” (referring to law enforcement officers). He also stated that there were bombs planted all over the garage and downtown Dallas.
Brown assured that the department will continue to search downtown Dallas throughout the rest of the night and into the morning.
ORIGINAL STORY: JULY 7, 2016 AT 10:18 P.M.
Four police officers have died after a shooting that erupted at a Dallas, Texas police brutality protest.
The gunfire reportedly broke out around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday evening while hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Dallas. It was originally reported that 11 officers were shot and that three of those shots were fatal. Dallas Police later issued an update confirming the death of a fourth officer.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement that two snipers shot the officers “ambush style” from atop elevated positions during a protest over the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sterling and Castile, who were both African American men, were fatally shot by police during separate incidents.
The Dallas Police Department confirmed in a tweet said a person of interest has turned himself in, and that an alleged suspect is currently in custody. A package which was found near the suspect’s location is currently being investigated by a bomb squad.
“Everyone just started running,” one person told The Dallas Morning News. “We lost touch with two of our friends just trying to get out of there.”
This is a breaking news story…
Photo courtesy of Terry Wallace with the Associated Press.