Multiple Dallas police officers have been killed and injured during a Dallas protest after two snipers opened fire on Thursday, July 7.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement that two snipers shot 11 officers from “elevated positions” near Dealey Plaza during a protest over shootings by police earlier this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Four officers are dead, two officers are in surgery and three who were injured are in critical condition. “Some officers were shot in the back,” Brown added during a press conference, and he told reporters that they believed a bomb may have been hidden somewhere downtown.
An intensive search is underway for the suspects and the Dallas Police Department tweeted out a photo on Thursday night of a person of interest who was seen wearing camouflage and holding a rifle. “This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!” the police department captioned the pic.
This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him! pic.twitter.com/Na5T8ZxSz6
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
The Associated Press reports that gunfire broke out at about 8:45 p.m. as protesters marched along a downtown street.
“Everyone was screaming, people were running,” witness Clarissa Myles told KTVT. “I saw at least probably 30 shots go off.”
I am so scared. pic.twitter.com/jw88QnKGXG
— Allison (@allisongriz) July 8, 2016
The shootings occurred at a peaceful protest over the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday during a traffic stop.
In an update in the early hours of Friday morning, the Dallas PD tweeted that the person of interest whose picture was circulated on Twitter had turned himself in.
Another alleged suspect was taken into custody after a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers.
Police say that a suspicious package discovered near this suspect’s location was being secured by the bomb squad.
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