Update: Dallas police said there are at least four suspects after snipers shot at least 11 police officers, killing 4, in a downtown area of Dallas where protests had been taking place. One civilian was also injured.
Police said the shootings occurred during a protest rally, which drew a crowd of 800, over the recent police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
At a press conference at around 12:40 central time Friday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said three of these suspects are in custody. The fourth has been in a stand-off with police on the second floor of the El Centro parking garage for 45 minutes. That suspect has fired at police.
Brown said there may be more persons involved in the attack. He believes the four suspects worked together with rifles, “triangulated at elevated positions at difference places in the downtown area” to attack police officers.
The suspect in the El Centro garage said “there are bombs all over this place, in the garage and downtown,” according to Brown. FBI and ATV are on scene, canvassing for explosives. A suspicious package was found, and is being examined by the Dallas Police bomb squad.
“We are being very careful with our tactics, so we don’t injure or put any of our citizen’s in harm’s way,” he said.
Two of the suspects in custody were seen climbing into a black Mercedes with a camouflaged bag before speeding off. They were apprehended in the Oak Cliff area, a suburb of Dallas.
The third suspect in custody was near the El Centro garage.
Brown also praised his officers during the press conference.
“I’ve never been more proud … seeing the courage, the professionalism and just the grit to stay on scene in an area looking for suspects, knowing we are vulnerable,” Brown said of his officers.
Three of the dead were Dallas Police officers, and one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer.
Dallas Mayor Mark Rawlings said downtown Dallas remains an active crime scene.
No more press conferences are expected tonight, though police will continue to update media through social media.
The Dallas Morning News reported the shots were fired at near the intersection of Market and Main streets, which is near the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.
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