Police were under attack last night at the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Dallas when a sniper opened fire. 5 Police officers are now confirmed dead.
Shooters killed five officers during protests against police in downtown Dallas, marking the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.
The gunfire started Thursday night as demonstrators marched against the shooting deaths of two African-American men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
A total of 11 officers were shot, and some of the six officers injured are undergoing surgery, authorities said.
It was the deadliest single attack on law enforcement since the 2001 terror attacks, when 72 officers died, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
A total of 10 police officers were shot by snipers during the protests, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. An 11th officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect, authorities said.
— Brown said it’s unclear how many suspects were involved, but three people are in custody.
— Dallas police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with a suspect 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.
— “The suspect told our negotiators that the end is coming,” Brown said. The suspect at the garage also told negotiators more officers are going to get hurt, and that bombs are planted all over downtown Dallas.
— K-9 units are sweeping the area for possible bombs.
Officers shot during Dallas protest
Photos: Officers shot during Dallas protest
— Two of the shooters were snipers, who fired “ambush-style” from an “elevated position,” Brown said.