5 officers killed at Dallas protest over police-involved shootings

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DALLAS – A fifth police officer has died following a sniper shooting in Dallas.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown earlier confirmed 4 officers had been killed, after gunfire erupted during a protest in downtown Dallas. A suspect and a person of interest are both in custody.

The chief said at least two snipers in elevated positions fired “ambush style” on the officers. “Some (were) shot in the back.”

There also was a search for a possible bomb in the area, Brown said. “This is a very emotional time for our department and the law enforcement community across the country,” Brown said. Officials asked the public’s help in identifying suspects.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters late Thursday that the shootings of 11 police officers downtown during a protest was a “heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas.” He asked citizens to show support for police.

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Protesters and police alike took cover when shots rang out during a demonstration in response to recent deadly police shootings across the country.

Disturbing video shows what appears to be two officers and possibly several others lying in the street.

Police are currently investigating a parking garage near Commerce and Austin Streets in downtown Dallas as bystanders shelter in place, according to KTVT.

“The shots were coming from the roof,” one protester told the station. Witnesses reported hearing more than a dozen gunshots that scattered the crowd. That protester said that officers and bystanders alike were in the line of fire.

Police officers were searching for a man with a rifle, according to several reports.

“Everybody was fair game,” The man said. “They were just shooting randomly.”

It’s not yet clear the extent of the officers’ or any bystanders’ injuries.

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