A gun battle occurred in downtown Dallas tonight, during a protest over the recent line-of-duty police-involved shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Protesters were marching through the city, when gunfire erupted from the second-story of the nearby El Centro College parking garage.
Below: Footage of the protests, shortly before the shooting occurred. Source: Dallas Police Department / Twitter
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Initial reports from Dallas PD indicate ten officers have been shot, and five have been killed. According to a Dallas PD press conference, three suspects (one female and two males) have already been detained and are currently being interviewed about possible involvement. As of approximately 12:30AM Dallas time, officers were still negotiating with a fourth armed suspect in the El Centro parking garage.
Below: Amateur video from Streamable shows protesters clearing the streets as police move in and gunshots ring out.
Police Chief David Brown stated in the press conference that the suspect “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 downtown”.
More updates on the Dallas shooting can be found by checking the Dallas Police Department Twitter feed.