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Man in camo with rifle turns himself in, is released by DPD

Dallas police released this photo of a man they believed was a suspect in the shootings Thursday night. Mark Hughes turned himself in, and police released him and admitted he wasn’t involved.
Dallas police released this photo of a man they believed was a suspect in the shootings Thursday night. Mark Hughes turned himself in, and police released him and admitted he wasn’t involved. Twitter

Dallas police released a photo of a man they believed was one of the shooters involved in Thursday night’s attack on 11 officers after a protest in downtown.

“This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!” a post on the DPD’s Twitter feed said about 11 p.m. Thursday.

But at approximately 11:30 p.m., a follow-up tweet said the man, who was wearing a camoflauge T-shirt and carrying a rifle over his shoulder, was a person of interest, not necessarily a suspect, in the shooting and he had turned himself in.

A woman interviewed on CBS11 said the man, whom she identified as Mark Hughes, was her friend and he was not involved in the shooting. He was simply “open carrying” his gun during the protest.

He was interviewed by police and left the station with his mother, Fox4 reported after midnight. He was expected to make a statement later in the day on Friday.

Police said they had one suspect in custody after a shooutout with SWAT officers. Another was trapped in a parking garage at El Centro College, but he was still refusing to surrender just before 2 a.m. Friday.

WFAA cameras captured the harrowing scene Thursday night in downtown Dallas when the first shots were fired after the police protest.

Warning graphic content

Warning: Graphic content and language. A downtown resident captured this video from her living room Thursday night as snipers opened fire on police after a protest.

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