Dallas Police Shooting: 5 Officers Killed, 6 Wounded


8 Jul 2016

Dallas Police Shooting: 5 Officers Killed, 6 Wounded

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Dallas Police Shooting: 5 Officers Killed, 6 Wounded — Jul 8, 2016 8:58 am |

Five Dallas police officers have been killed and six wounded by sniper fire during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say.

Police are in a stand-off with one armed man in a multi-storey car park. Three other people have been detained.

Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city.

The protests were sparked by the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said officers remained in a stand-off with one armed man at the car park who was firing off rounds with a rifle.

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He said: “The suspect that we are negotiating with has told our negotiators that the end is coming and he is going to hurt and kill more of us, meaning law enforcement, and that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and in downtown.”

Local reports say there has been a loud blast at the site, but this has not been confirmed.

Chief Brown said that a woman who was in the vicinity of the man was now being questioned.

Police also said officers had intercepted a car after a person threw a camouflaged bag into the back and sped off. Two occupants were being questioned.

Chief Brown said the suspects were all believed to have been working together, using rifles to carry out attacks while the rally was taking place.

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He added: “We do not have a comfort level that we have all the suspects.”

He had earlier said 11 officers were shot “ambush style” by the sniper fire, killing three. Dallas police later tweeted that a fourth officer had died. The Dallas Police Association later confirmed a fifth had died. One of those killed was a transport police officer.

One civilian, named by her family as Shetamia Taylor, was shot in the leg while protecting her children and is recovering in hospital.

The police said it appeared that two snipers had fired from “elevated positions” during the protest rally.

“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches… and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Chief Brown said.

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The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, said it was a “heartbreaking moment for the city”.

One of the march’s organisers, Rev Jeff Hood, saw people scramble for cover as gunfire rang out.

“I ran away from the shots trying to get people off the streets and I was grabbing myself to see if I was shot,” he told the Dallas Morning News.

Police had earlier issued a photo of one man with a rifle slung over his shoulder, saying he was a suspect. Police later tweeted that he had handed himself in.

A man identifying himself as his brother told local TV that his brother was not involved and US media later reported that the man had been released from custody.

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Flights over Dallas have been restricted.

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