Protest against cops turns deadly in Dallas

Jul 09, 2016, 08:58 IST | Agencies

Ambush kills five cops; it follows police brutality against African-Americans

Houston: Snipers shot dead five police officers and injured seven in “ambush style” firing in Dallas yesterday during a demonstration against the fatal police shootings of African-American men this week. It’s one of the deadliest attacks on cops in US history.

A cop tries to calm protestors after the sniper shooting in Dallas. Pic/AFP
A cop tries to calm protestors after the sniper shooting in Dallas. Pic/AFP

Dallas police chief David Brown said two snipers fired “ambush style” from an elevated position. Police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects for hours at a parking garage in downtown. “That suspect is dead,” a law enforcement official said. The official did not say how the suspect died.

Brown said one of the suspects told negotiators “the end is coming and he’s going to kill more law enforcement officers and that there are bombs all over the place in the garage and downtown”. The dead gunman has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, who served in the US Army Reserve, according to two US officials.

The firing in Dallas broke out when hundreds of people had gathered to protest the fatal police shootings this week. The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child. The aftermath of the shooting was livestreamed. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers.

Meanwhile, the US Capitol building was put on lockdown for about an hour after some unusual activity by a person possibly carrying firearms was reported.

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