Officer down near Main St. and Lamar: Raw video from Dallas shooting
Before being killed by police early Friday, one of the suspects told a hostage negotiator that he was upset about recent police shootings and angry at white people, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.
“He was upset about Black Lives Matter,” said Brown, referencing the movement that began after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and intensified this week after officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Brown said the suspect, who was not identified, said he wanted to kill police officers, especially white ones.
A somber Brown addressed the media at a Friday morning news conference to talk about the “very tragic event” that left five police officers dead, and seven officers and two civilians injured. It is the deadliest attack on law enforcement officers since 9-11.
“Were hurting, our profession is hurting, Dallas officers are hurting,” Brown said. “We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All is known is that this must stop, this divisiveness.”
Four of the officers killed were with the Dallas Police Department, the other worked for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART.
Three suspects are in custody and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said no information would be released on those suspects because it’s an ongoing investigation. He said the safety of Dallas was a top priority.
Were hurting, our profession is hurting, Dallas officers are hurting.
Dallas police Chief David Brown
The shooting came as a peaceful protest over recent officer-involved shootings in other cities was winding down.
Just before 9 p.m. Thursday, as protesters walked by the intersection of Main and Lamar streets, two snipers began firing on officers with automatic weapons.
Numerous cellphone videos detailed the horror as it unfolded, showing protesters scurrying for cover and Dallas police running toward the gunfire to rescue their fallen comrades.
Two suspects were arrested near the El Centro College parking garage and another was cornered inside the garage.
After a few hours of intense negotiations with the suspect, which included exchanges of gunfire, Dallas police deployed a robot with a bomb to the suspect’s location and detonated the bomb, killing him.
He had earlier told the hostage negotiator that the “end was near.”
The protest was scheduled in downtown Dallas after the recent shootings of Alton Sterling was killed by an officer in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minn. The shootings were captured by cellphones.