UPDATE 10:30 A.M. EST: CNN has since reported that 12 police officers and two civilians were shot during a standoff with a sniper in Dallas on Thursday evening. Not to mention, Police Chief David Brown has since confirmed that the unidentified suspect acted alone and was killed by a bomb which was detonated by the authorities. In a recent statement, Brown noted:
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Following the suspect’s death, the police swept the area and reportedly found no sign of the sniper’s alleged explosives.
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On Thursday evening, a peaceful protest over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned fatal when five officers were killed after a sniper opened fire on them in downtown Dallas, TX. It’s said at least seven others, including two civilians, were injured in the ambush.
While three possible suspects were in custody, the Dallas police faced off against a gunman at a parking garage at the El Centro Community College. According to Police Chief David Brown, the main suspect told the authorities that there were bombs placed all over the garage and throughout the city. Reportedly, the gunman threatened to “hurt and kill more of” the police officers.
Obviously, the city was put into lock down and by 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning the standoff had ended. The suspect from the parking garage is now confirmed as dead. On the suspects’ plan for the shooting, the Chief explained:
“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches and garages in the downtown area and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could.”
Brown has since altered his statement and confirmed that the gunman acted alone.
“Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that [law enforcement] make for us. The entire city of Dallas is grieving. Police across America ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ which is a tight-knit family ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ feel this loss to their core. “
Well said. Stay tuned for more details regarding this story as it is developing…
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