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Dallas shootings: what we know

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By Catherine Hardy
Dallas shootings: what we know
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We negotiated with this person, he seemed lucid, he wanted to kill white officers, he was angry for Black Lives Matter

  • Five police officers shot by snipers
  • Seven officers injured, some seriously
  • One civilian wounded
  • Downtown Dallas being searched for explosives
  • Three people in custody
  • Fourth died after stand-off with police
  • Protest sparked by shootings of two african-american men by police

What happened?

The attack

  • Shooting began just before 2100 local time
  • Dallas city centre sealed off
  • Scenes of panic and confusion as hundreds ran for cover

The victims

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

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.

The suspects

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:

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:

The protest:

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.

Political reaction

“A vicious, calculated and despicable attack” – President of the United States, Barack Obama

“Prayers and condolences to all of the families” – Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump

“My prayers are with those harmed in Dallas” – “Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Rep)