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UPDATE: 4 Police Officers Dead, 7 Others Shot, 3 Suspects In Custody Following Protest Against Police Shootings In Downtown Dallas

Police have identified four suspects–three of which are in custody. None of them are cooperating with detectives.

Police flooded downtown Dallas following a shooting that left at least four officers dead.
Police flooded downtown Dallas following a shooting that left at least four officers dead.

UPDATE 12:47 a.m.: Police are negotiating with a suspect who is exchanging gunfire with police at a parking garage at El Centro College in downtown Dallas. The suspect claims to have placed explosives around the city and is telling police “The end is near,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters early Friday morning.

One woman was taken into custody near the college garage and two others were pulled over after speeding away from the area following the shooting, the chief said. The three suspects in custody are not cooperating with police.

Brown later said that police believe there were four suspects in elevated, triangulated positions along the parade route. He did not say if that was the source of the gunfire.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown (Left) and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings speak to reporters following the shooting of multiple officers in downtown Dallas.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown (Left) and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings speak to reporters following the shooting of multiple officers in downtown Dallas.

“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects,” the chief said. “We continue to fight the good fight to bring this to a conclusion.”

Brown identified the four dead officers as being three from the Dallas Police Department and one from DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)–the region’s public transit system.

A major portion of downtown Dallas is now considered an active crime scene and many areas are expected to be closed off to the public Friday morning. Police are also conducting a search of downtown Dallas looking for more suspects/evidence.

UPDATE 11:31 p.m.: Dallas police just released a statement that a fourth police officer has died.

Also, a person of interest (see photo below) has turned himself in.

A suspect who was cornered in a garage and engaged in a shootout with a SWAT team is now in custody, police said.

A suspicious package located near the suspect is now being looked at by the Dallas Bomb Squad.

PREVIOUSLY: Two snipers apparently shot 11 police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night and three officers are dead, the city’s police chief said.

A statement from Dallas Police Chief David Brown released by a city spokeswoman said:

“Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition.

An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3485.

We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.”

Chief Brown later spoke to the media and said they learned another officer was shot and injured, bringing the total to 11.

At least one suspect is cornered in a garage in downtown Dallas, the chief said. He claims to have planted a bomb somewhere in the downtown area and more law enforcement agents are arriving to search the area and help diffuse the situation, Brown said.

Dallas police are searching for this man who is considered a Person Of Interest in the multiple shooting of several police officers.
Dallas police are searching for this man who is considered a Person Of Interest in the multiple shooting of several police officers.

“An intensive search” for at least one more suspect is currently underway. Dallas police tweeted the photo of a person they are looking for.

The gunfire broke out at about 8:58 p.m. following a protest in which hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown said.

Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots were fired and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.

Scores of police and security officers were on hand. Police and others hunched behind cars outside a parking garage. Officers with guns drawn were running near and into the parking garage as police searched for the shooter.

TV cameras showed the search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments. The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.

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