*(Via Huffington Post) – Snipers shot and killed five police officers (as of this posting) “ambush-style” after a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas Thursday night, according to Dallas police. At least six other police officers and one civilian were also injured in the shooting.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said early Friday morning three suspects were in custody and police were still in negotiations with another suspect, who was being uncooperative and at times exchanging gunfire with officers in a parking garage.
“He told negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us,” Brown said at a press conference, noting the man had also claimed there were bombs around the structure. “We are being very careful in our tactics so that we don’t injure any of our officers in harm’s way.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings added that downtown Dallas would still be considered “an active crime scene” going into Friday, and urged people to check the city’s news updates on which areas to avoid. The FAA also temporarily instituted a temporary flight restriction over the area.
Police said earlier in the night that one suspect had been taken into custody following a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers, and the bomb squad was securing a “suspicious package” found near him.
A “person of interest” whose photo DPD had initially circulated turned himself in, according to the department.
All signs pointed to the demonstration having been peaceful throughout the evening. The DPD Twitter account included posts about “men, women, boys and girls” gathered in solidarity, while other photos show officers posing with marchers, including a state senator.
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— Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) July 8, 2016