HOUSTON: Snipers shot dead five police officers and injured seven others in “ambush style” firing in the US city of Dallas during a demonstration against the fatal police shootings of black men this week, making it one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcers in the country.
The shooting began near one of the busiest parts of the city’s downtown, filled with hotels and restaurants. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters that two snipers fired “ambush style” from an elevated position late Thursday night.
Dallas police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects for hours at a parking garage in downtown. “That suspect is dead,” a law enforcement official told CNN. The official did not say how the suspect died.
According to the police chief, the suspects have threatened to have placed a bomb in the downtown area and that his department was coordinating with federal agencies.
During a press conference, Brown said one of the suspects had told negotiators that “the end is coming and he’s going to hurt and kill more of us — meaning law enforcement — and that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown.”
There may be others out there. “We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects,” Brown said.
Brown said investigators are working under the assumption that all the suspects were working together.
He had initially said one of the suspects was arrested last night after a shootout with the police. A suspicious package was found near him and has been secured by a bomb squad.