Five Police Officers Killed, Seven Wounded During Demonstration in Dallas

sniper attack that opened fire at a demonstration over police violence killed five Dallas officers and wounded seven, in addition to two civilians.

The “ambush-style” shooting began minutes before 9 p.m. local time on Thursday night (July 7, 2016). One suspect, who used a robot bomb after “extensive negotiations” during a standoff in a garage at the El Centro community college, was killed by police on Friday morning, and three others were in custody.

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown confirmed during a press conference on Friday (July 8, 2016) that at least two snipers shot at police officers from “elevated positions,” and that one of them “said he was upset at Black Lives Mater, said he was upset about the recent police shootings.”

“The suspect said he was upset at white people; the suspect said he wanted to kill white people,” said Chief Brown, specifying that the gunman was especially upset at white police officers.

This attack is the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

Downtown Dallas was on lockdown on Friday morning following the violence. Three suspects were in custody and a fourth exchanged gunfire with law enforcement in a parking garage into the morning until he was killed, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Chief Brown said that the suspect told police that “the end is coming” and that “there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown” before his death.

President Barack Obama held a press conference on the violence from Poland, where he was attending a NATO summit meeting, condemning the shootings as “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

“Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs, keeping people safe, during peaceful protests,” said Obama. “These law enforcement officers were targeted, and nearly a dozen officers were shot. Five were killed. Other officers, and at least one civilian, were wounded. Some are in serious condition, and we are praying for their recovery.”

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