Point of view
"We negotiated with this person, he seemed lucid, he wanted to kill white officers, he was angry for Black Lives Matter"
The Latest: Dallas mayor says a total of 12 police officers, two civilians were shot during the protest march. https://t.co/oum5OWSnN2— The Associated Press (@AP) July 8, 2016
- Shooting began just before 2100 local time
- Dallas city centre sealed off
- Scenes of panic and confusion as hundreds ran for cover
Dallas mayor says suspect in standoff with police died after officers used explosives to 'blast him out.' https://t.co/qZw0pCc6oR— The Associated Press (@AP) July 8, 2016
So far, we have details of:
- 43-year-old Brent Thompson, the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the 27-year history of the Dallas Area Rapid Transport Authority
- Patrick Zamarripa, identified by relatives
dallasnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/dallasnews/status/751312088266600448">July 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No father should have to bury his son. You are a hero, Patrick. Love you man. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayForDallas?src=hash">#PrayForDallas</a> <a href="https://t.co/MjCHw7Ktlo">pic.twitter.com/MjCHw7Ktlo</a></p>— Dylan Martinez (KDylanMartinez) July 8, 2016
Injured officers identified so far
- 44-year-old Omar Cannon
- 32-year-old Misty McBride
- 39-year-old Jesus Retana
Civilian victim identified so far
- Shetamia Taylor was shot in the leg. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Three people are currently in police custody.
A fourth suspect died from gunshot wounds after a stand-off with officers.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the city’s Mayor and police chief would not give any more information about those arrested.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the man who spoke to negotiators told them he wanted to kill white police officers:
#dallas “We negotiated with this person, he seemed lucid, he wanted to kill white officers, he was angry for Black Lives Matter.”— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) July 8, 2016
There were exchanges of gunfire between the fourt suspect and police.
He reportedly died after an explosive device was sent in via police robot.
Chief Brown also said officers would relentlessly pursue anyone else thought to be involved in Thursday’s attack:
#dallas Police Chief David Brown to suspects “We will find you, we will prosecute you, we will bring you to justice” live
euronews</a></p>— Catherine Hardy (fernojay) July 8, 2016
Marchers were demonstrating against police violence following the latest killings of black men during encounters with officers.
Philando “Lando” Castile bled to death in his car after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop. His girlfriend, who streamed the aftermath of the incident from her phone, said he had reached into his jacket to get his ID after being requested to do so.
Hours earlier Alton Sterling had been shot dead after apparently being restrained by officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Protests have swept the US.
The majority passed off peacefully.
“A vicious, calculated and despicable attack” – President of the United States, Barack Obama
POTUS</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dallas?src=hash">#Dallas</a> shooting is a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack"on officers who were performing their jobs<a href="https://t.co/jjSBi20UyC">https://t.co/jjSBi20UyC</a></p>— Voice of America (VOANews) July 8, 2016
“Prayers and condolences to all of the families” – Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump
Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2016
“My prayers are with those harmed in Dallas” – “Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Rep)
My prayers are with those harmed in Dallas and with the first responders; we will be in touch w/ local authorities to assist however we can— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 8, 2016