Shooting In Dallas Leaves 5 Police Officers Dead
Following a sniper attack during a protest in Dallas, Texas, 5 police officers have died and 7 are wounded. Two civilians were also wounded.
The Dallas Morning News reports that of the 5 officers who died, 4 served with the Dallas Police Department and 1 served with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said one suspect was also killed in an explosion following a shootout with police in a parking garage.
“There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city,” Chief Brown said.
“As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization,” according to a statement released by DART. “We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening.”
Residents in Dallas are urged to use caution when attempting to travel throughout the city today. City officials released a statement early this morning which said: “various parts of downtown Dallas may be closed due to it being an active crime scene.”
The Dallas Police Department said last night’s demonstration which began in Belo Garden Park, was in response to the “recent police involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.” The crowd was chanting “Enough is Enough” according to police.
A prayer rally will be held at 12:00 noon today at Thanksgiving Park in Dallas. “Please pray for our strength through this trying time,” said Chief Brown.