- 11 police officers shot.
- At least 5 officers killed.
- At least three people were taken into custody.
- Police operations are still ongoing.
- The gunman involved in a shootout with police is now reportedly dead
Multiple police officers were shot and at least five were killed by "snipers" amid a protest and rally in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday night, the Dallas Police Department said.
Dallas Police officials said at least 11 officers and one civilian were shot. Four of the deceased officers were from the Dallas Police Department. One deceased officer was from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency.
At least seven other officers were injured. Two officers underwent surgery and three are in critical condition, according to police.
A message from Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the officers were shot by two snipers in "elevated positions" near the protest. He said they were shot "ambush style."
In a late night press conference, Brown said officers had been exchanging gunfire with a suspected gunman. The suspect reportedly declared, "The end is coming," Brown said, adding that the suspect said he would "hurt and kill" more police officers and that he had placed bombs inside the garage.
According to Sky News, unconfirmed reports have been coming in that the man engaged in the shootout with police in the El Centro College garage has now killed himself.
The Dallas Morning News is now also reporting that the gunman who was exchanging fire with police was reported dead shortly before 3 a.m. local time.
#Breaking Remaining gunman in the El Centro College garage reported deadhttps://t.co/XAQI3hpba6 pic.twitter.com/uYAmLZgVv9— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) July 8, 2016
The city is still on lockdown as the police operation to find all the shooters goes on. According to posts on social media, some people have been trapped in the downtown area for hours as the lockdown continues.
wait continues downtown as the lockdown persists following #dallaspoliceshooting during#blacklivesmatter protest. pic.twitter.com/WkUhXvSOKp— G.J. McCarthy (@gjmccarthy) July 8, 2016
Several people in custody
Negotiations with the suspect were underway, though Brown said that the person was "not very cooperative" over the course of about 45 minutes.
A woman was taken into custody near a parking garage where a gunman was believed to be firing shots, as well as two men who were carrying camouflage bag, Chief Brown said.
“We still don’t have a complete comfort level that we have all the suspects,” Brown said.
"It's a heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a press conference.
Earlier Thursday night, the Dallas Police Department tweeted an image of a man wearing a camouflage-style shirt and carrying what appeared to be a rifle, indicating that the man was a person of interest. A follow-up statement from the police department said the man "turned himself in."
Several reports on social media indicated that the man was not involved in the shooting. ABC News reported that a lawyer for the man confirmed he is not a suspect and has been released by police.
Here's more from the Dallas Police Department:
"A DPD officer observed an individual carrying a camouflaged bag, walking quickly down Lamar St. The individual threw the bag in the back of a black Mercedes and the Mercedes sped off at a high rate of speed.
"Officers followed the vehicle southbound on I-35E and performed a traffic stop at I-35E and Kiest. Police are questioning both occupants of the vehicle."
An eyewitness told CNN he recorded video that appeared to show a person shooting from a parking structure near the scene. Ismael Dejesus told anchor Don Lemon he captured the video from his hotel room.
Watch that video here:
Witness Ismael Dejesus joins @donlemon to share the video he captured of the #Dallasshooting https://t.co/oBmEIv09rk— CNN (@CNN) July 8, 2016
A notification from the DART agency earlier Thursday evening announced that the service had been "suspended due to criminal activity."
A follow-up notice from the transit agency said that four of its officers were injured, with one deceased. He was identified as 43-year-old Brent Thompson, who joined the department in 2009.
DART identifies Brent Thompson, 43, as DART officer killed in #Dallas shootinghttps://t.co/TdfButTCF2 pic.twitter.com/aCLKESHhDa— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) July 8, 2016
The three other DART officers are expected to survive, they were identified as Omar Cannon, Misty McBride, and Jesus Retana.
In a video that emerged on social media soon after first reports of the incident, Dallas police officers could be seen shielding themselves behind vehicles at a street corner after shots were apparently fired during the protest.
"I heard about 20 shots in rapid succession," one witness told KTVT. A man seen on Facebook video said "there's an officer down ... I think another officer's down around the corner."
Rallies have continued nationwide this week in the wake of police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both of those shootings — in which black men were killed during encounters with law enforcement — have prompted rebukes from civil-rights leaders and elected officials across the country.
The violence that erupted in Dallas occurred as the peaceful rally was taking place. It is not clear whether the shooting and the rally were related.