5 Officers Dead, 6 More Wounded in Overnight Violence in Dallas
Five officers have been killed and at least six more injured in a hail of gunfire during a demonstration organized to protest this week’s police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, Dallas police confirm.
What started as a peaceful protest on the streets of Downtown Dallas, turned into a barrage of gunfire as protesting was winding down. Police believe as many as 6 snipers had taken position above the downtown streets and began shooting down at police who were providing security for the protests.
Police have released the identity of only one deceased officer so far. He's Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thompson.
The causality count as of 3 a.m. local time:
4 — Dallas police officers deceased
1 — Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer deceased
6 — Officers wounded
1 — Civilian wounded
Police had corned one of the apparent shooters in a downtown parking garage for several hours until the suspect was killed by an explosive device placed by Dallas PD bomb squad at about 2 a.m. A woman and two men are in custody and being questioned for their possible involvement in the attack. However, Dallas Police Chief said they weren't comfortable saying they had all possible suspects accounted for.
We will post more information as it becomes available.