Dallas Police Shooting Suspect Captured After Hours-Long Standoff With Police
Jul 08 2016 by Francis Osborne
The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. local time, during a march in downtown Dallas protesting the shootings earlier this week of two African-American men by white police officers in Baton Rouge, La. The gunman, Lovelle Mixon, 26, allegedly shot two Oakland patrol officers and fled to a nearby apartment building.
The police department reported that he eventually turned himself in.
The second suspect claimed to have bombs planted all over the garage of El Centro College and downtown, WFAA reports.
Police had no update on whether that person was indeed a suspect. The condition of the other officers was unclear.
A statement from Dallas Police Chief David Brown released by a city spokeswoman said "it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally".
The chief says the suspect is not cooperating and has told negotiators he intends to hurt more law enforcement officials.
The shooting happened as otherwise largely peaceful protests unfolded around the United States after the shooting of Philando Castile, 32, by police near St. Paul, Minnesota, late on Wednesday.
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A person of interest whose photo was distributed by police earlier in the night, turned himself in and is being questioned, the department said. "We're determining how big that crime scene is", the mayor said.
Police said they were questioning two occupants of a Mercedes they had pulled over after the vehicle sped off on a downtown street with a man who threw a camouflaged bag inside the back of the auto.
"An intensive search for suspects is now under way".
Mr. Brown's statement said three officers were dead, two were in surgery and thee were in critical condition.
"In times like this we must remember - and emphasize - the importance of uniting as Americans", Abbott said.