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Dallas Police Mourn the Loss of Officers in Devastating Shooting

Chief Brown statement

July 7, 2016, 10:26pm – Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3482.

We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

Update from Chief Brown
July 7, 2016, 10:49 – An 11th officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire with one of the suspects. The officer is being transported to the hospital. We have a person of interest – please share this picture and help us identify this person. Citizens are asked not to approach, as you can see from the picture this suspect is armed and dangerous.

Persons of interest in custody

July 7, 2016, 11:59pm – Additional update from Chief Brown:

With heavy hearts, we are devastated to report a fourth officer has died.

The person of interest whose picture has been circulated just turned himself in.

Another alleged suspect was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers. That suspect is also in custody. A suspicious package was discovered near this suspect’s location. The package is being secured by DPD bomb squad.

Other persons of interest being questioned:

A DPD officer observed an individual carrying a camouflaged bag, walking quickly down Lamar St. The individual threw the bag in the back of a black Mercedes and the Mercedes sped off at a high rate of speed.

Officers followed the vehicle southbound on I-35E and performed a traffic stop at I-35E and Kiest. Police are questioning both occupants of the vehicle.

Update from Chief Brown

July 8, 2016, 1:06am – It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died.

Message from DART

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit family is grieving the loss of police officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was killed during Thursday night’s protest in Downtown Dallas. Officer Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989. He joined the DART Police Department in 2009.

As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization. We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening. We are grateful for every message. Thank you.

We are grateful to report the three other DART police officers shot during the protest are expected to recover from their injuries. No other DART employees working in Downtown during the protest or shooting were injured.

We also extend our sympathies to our colleagues at the Dallas Police Department in the loss of their five officers.

DART services in downtown Dallas were suspended following the shooting. We are evaluating our operating plans for Friday morning. Updates will be posted to DART.org and made available via Twitter @dartmedia or by our email update service at http://www.DART.org/rideralerts.

 

 

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