Dallas police exchanged gunfire early on Friday with a suspect in a deadly shooting that has killed four officers who warned negotiators there were “bombs all over the place” in downtown Texas, officials said.
“The suspect that we are negotiating with that has exchanged gunfire with us over the last 45 minutes has told our negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us, meaning law enforcement. And that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and in downtown,” Police Chief David Brown told reporters.
“So we are being very careful in our tactics so we don’t injure our citizens in Dallas as we negotiate further.
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The gunfire broke out around 8:45 pm yesterday. Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
Earlier, the Dallas police chief said that it appears two snipers shot 10 police officers during protests.
Hundreds of people had gathered in Union Square Park in Manhattan and took to the streets to protest the recent police-related shootings of two black men.
The protesters yesterday chanted “The people united, never be divided” and “Hands up don’t shoot.” Police scrambled to keep up with the crowd as the group left the park and marched up Fifth Avenue.
On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was purportedly livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video.
A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.