Dallas, July 8: At least 10 police officers were shot and at least four were killed in an attack by two snipers in downtown Dallas at a protest of officer-involved shootings across the country informed Dallas Police Chief David Brown. The police who were shot included both DART officers as well as Dallas Police.
Brown gave a statement saying, “"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."
The incident triggered after protests were started in New York City and Minneapolis in the evening over the fatal police shootings of two African American men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on Tuesday and Philando Castile, on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Supporting this protest, people in Dallas also carried out a peaceful protest when shots rang out from an unknown location at about 9pm local time, according to the reports. The witnesses reported that multiple shots rang out in quick succession.
Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, expressed his condolences saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officers who were shot in Dallas tonight.” The DART services suspended all bus and rail service in Dallas.