2 Snipers Ambush, Kill 4 Officers, Injure 11 in Dallas Following Peaceful Protest

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Police continue to exchange gunfire with a cornered gunman hours after four officers were fatally shot at the conclusion of a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, officials said early Friday morning.

“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects. So we will continue a very, very rigorous investigation and search of downtown.”

Three other suspects were in custody in connection with the shooting that killed three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer and wounded seven other officers, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

“We will likely be working throughout the early morning hours of Friday until we are satisfied that all suspects have been captured and have an opportunity to be interviewed.”

— Dallas Police Chief David Brown

The cornered suspect is not cooperating and has told negotiators “he’s going to hurt and kill more of us,” alluding to bombs planted in the area, Brown said. A bomb squad investigated at least one suspicious package in the night as part of the massive police response.

Dallas Police Chief, Mayor 12:30 A.M. Update (Raw Video)

Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings provide a 12:30 a.m. update on the shootings in downtown Dallas.

Eleven officers in all were shot by gunmen in what police believe to be a coordinated ambush attack that began at 8:58 p.m., at the close of a rally in solidarity with two men killed in officer-involved shootings, one in Louisiana, one in Minnesota.

“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves to triangulate on our officers and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could.”

— Dallas Police Chief David Brown

Video from the scene showed officers taking cover and people in the rally scattering after gunshots were heard.

Officers Take Cover After Shots Fired Downtown

Dallas police officers take cover after shots were fired during a protest of nationwide officer-involved shootings, July 8, 2016.

Officers Take Cover After Shots Fired Downtown

“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves to triangulate on our officers and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Brown said at a news conference Thursday evening.

At least one civilian was injured. She was identified by family as Shetamia Taylor, and she was shot while shielding her children from the gunfire, her sister told NBC 5. Taylor’s condition is not known.

One person was taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m., Dallas police said, following an exchange of gunfire with Dallas SWAT officers. A suspicious package was located near that person, and the package was being investigated by bomb squad personnel.

Raw Video: Witness Accounts of DPD Officers Shot

Witnesses tell NBC 5 what they saw after Dallas police officers were shot after a rally in Downtown Dallas Thursday night.

Two other people were taken into custody in connection with a vehicle, Brown said. But he and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings stressed that the shooting scene was still active — Brown said that after the Friday morning news conference, he would receive plans for how to end the standoff with the suspect, in a garage at El Centro College.

Read the full story here, at NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth]

“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects. So we will continue a very, very rigorous investigation and search of downtown,” Brown said. “We will likely be working throughout the early morning hours of Friday until we are satisfied that all suspects have been captured and have an opportunity to be interviewed.”

Shots Fired at Dallas Rally: The Dallas Morning News Photos

Shots Fired at Dallas Rally: The Dallas Morning News Photos

Rawlings called the shooting Dallas’ “worst nightmare,” Thursday night, and asked that all residents “come together and support our police officers.”

Gov. Greg Abbott offered the state’s assistance to Dallas overnight.

It is the deadliest day for United States law enforcement agents since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks killed 72, NBC News reported….(read more)

Source: NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


One Comment on “2 Snipers Ambush, Kill 4 Officers, Injure 11 in Dallas Following Peaceful Protest”

  1. Rifleman III says:

    Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal and commented:
    Need positive ID on the shooters.


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