At least 10 police officers were shot, including three fatally, in Dallas Thursday night by what appeared to be snipers amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to a statement from the Dallas Police.
“Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement. “Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time.”
Earlier, Dallas Area Rapid Transit said that four of its officers were shot and one killed. It was not clear if those officers were included in the 10.
Four DART police officers were shot in downtown Dallas. 1 deceased, others not life-threatening. No IDs yet. Updates via twitter.
– dartmedia (@dartmedia) July 8, 2016Further details were not immediately available.
Marie Saavedra, a reporter with ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA tweeted, “MANY gunshots heard in video I captured in #Dallas, just before 9p as rally marched through downtown.”
Following the reports of shots fired, public transportation was suspended in downtown Dallas: “DART rail and bus service in Downtown Dallas has been suspended due to criminal activity,”
Earlier in the evening, the Dallas Police Department tweeted images and video of the demonstration.
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