CNN affiliate KTVT in Dallas is reporting that two police officers have been shot after a peaceful protest deaths of two black men. Chaotic live footage from the scene shows police and SWAT teams in a tense combat
Police in tactical gear carrying riots shields descended after about 20 shots in boomed loudly in quick succession, audio that was captured by eyewitness video and posted to Twitter.
MSNBC reporting that the suspect is cornered, three officers have been shot.
UPDATE: 4 officers shot, 1 had died. Negotiators are talking to shooter who is holed up somewhere.
All this happened about a block from another famous shooting in Dallas.
UPDATE #2: Holy shit. Two snipers, ten officers shot, three of them dead
UPDATE #3: Four dead now. One suspect is in custody after a shootout. The news outlets have been showing a photo of a “person of interest” – a black man with a long rifle before the shooting (totally legal in Dallas). Social media was able to find that guy in a video AS the shooting was happened, so he’s been cleared by social media even though CNN.and MSNBC are behind on that. Anyway, that person of interest has turned himself in and hopefully he will be let go soon.
Big manhunt for the second suspect.
UPDATE – NEXT MORNING: 12 officers shot, 2 civilians shot, 5 of those officers are dead.
Sniper killed when SWAT team detonated explosive device near him. He has been identified as Micah X. Johnson, an Army veteran. During standoff, Johnson told police he was “upset by.Black Lives Matter” and “wanted to kill as many white people as possible, especially white cops”. He also claimed to be acting alone.
Others have been taken into custody, but police are not saying anything about their involvement. They are not acting like other gunmen are at large.
Ironically, Dallas PD had been reactive to BLM movement with increased training, racially diverse policing, etc. This seems more directed at cops on in general, not Dallas PD in particular.