Dallas, TX– Downtown Dallas was in lockdown Friday after snipers shot 12 officers, five fatally, during a protest over the deadly police shootings of black men elsewhere in the country this week.
The ambush marked the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
Three people were in custody and a fourth suspect exchanged gunfire with authorities in a parking garage at El Centro Community College into the morning, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.
The fourth suspect was killed at around 2:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m. ET). Earlier, he had told police negotiators that “the end is coming” and that “there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown,” Brown said.
The chaos started Thursday night, when at least two snipers fired from an elevated position on police officers minutes before 9 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET), Brown said. He called it an “ambush-style” shooting.
“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches in garages in the downtown area, and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” he told a news conference — noting that some victims were shot in the back.
Is it time for the Justice Department to label Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization? BLM has called for violence (retalioation) against law enforcement for sometime now. There have been scattered reports of ambushes on police since the death of Michael Brown, but nothing of this magnitude.
Yesterday’s mass shooting of police officers in Dallas was also accompanied by multiple reports of violence against law enforcement in Georgia, California, Chicago, and Florida.
Dallas Police Chief released some of the statements made by one of the shooters to negotiators prior to being killed by explosion:
The shooter said: “I am upset at white people.” “I want to kill white people, especially white police officers.”