Four officers are dead – three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer – after two snipers opened fire on police at the end of a protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings Thursday night, officials say.
Eleven officers were shot by gunmen who were still at large hours after what was believed to be a coordinated shooting, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.
“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,”
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 is being investigated by bomb squad personnel.
Earlier, Brown said police had cornered one of the suspects in a garage and was negotiating with them.Just before 11 p.m. Brown said an 11th officer was injured in a shootout with one of the snipers.
The gunshots rang out about 9 p.m. following a protest and rally held after two black men were died in police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.
Officers could be seen taking cover, and video from the scene showed people running from the sound of the gunshots. There is no word on whether any civilians have been shot.
The ATF and FBI have joined the investigation, and Chief Brown said agents are searching downtown for the possibility that there may be a bomb planted in the area.
Dallas police released a photo of a man whom they consider a “person of interest” in the shootings.
The man, whose identity has not been released, surrendered to police for questioning.
A person who identified himself as the brother of the man whose photo was released by Dallas police told NBC 5 that his brother had nothing to do with the shooting.
Police say a package was found near the latter’s location.
The package was being secured by the bomb squad.
Ted Cruz, the Senator for Texas, has paid tribute to the police officers who
“selflessly run into harm’s way to save the lives of others”.