Dallas police say three suspects are in custody and a fourth is dead hours after snipers killed five police officers during a coordinated attack on a peaceful demonstration. Seven officers and two civilians were wounded in the ambush, the city’s mayor said Friday morning.
The attack occurred Thursday evening during a protest against the killing of two black men by white police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.
City and law enforcement officials are remaining tight-lipped about who the suspects are, but in a news conference Friday morning, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said one suspect – who was later killed in an intentional explosion set off by police – told a police negotiator that “he wanted to kill white people, especially white (police) officers.”
The suspect, whose name was not provided, also indicated he was “upset” about recent police shootings, and said he was not affiliated with any groups, Brown told reporters.
The man was killed after negotiations with police broke down; police used a bomb robot to detonate an unspecified explosive device near him, the police chief said.
Parts of downtown Dallas remain cordoned off as law enforcement officials investigate the shooting, which marks the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.