Snipers opened fire during a protest in downtown Dallas killing four Dallas Police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer. Six officers were injured in the attack as well as two civilians, the Mayor of Dallas confirmed this morning.
Gunfire rang out Thursday night just before 9:00pm local time as demonstrators marched against the police shooting deaths of two African-American men, Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
Three snipers are in police custody, the fourth died in an hours-long police standoff early this morning. Dallas Police Chief David Brown says the sniper who died was angered by the deaths of Castile and Sterling, claiming he wanted to kill white people especially white police officers. The suspect was killed by a bomb that police officers detonated during the standoff.
Police are not providing any information about the other three shooters at this time.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officials have confirmed that one of their officers was killed in the attack. He has been identified as Brent Thompson, 43. The other four that died are Dallas Police Dept. officers. They have not been identified.
The Dallas shooting marks the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Chief David Brown of the Dallas Police Department held a press conference at 8:30am Thursday morning.