A total of 11 officers were shot during demonstrations against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
An hours-long shootout with an armed suspect came to an end early on Friday as the man was confirmed to have died, after at least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night, killing five officers and injuring six others.
Local news reported that the fourth suspect had shot himself, ending the standoff in a parking garage.
Three suspects are in custody after the snipers fired “ambush style” upon the officers, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters.
The suspect engaged in the standoff had earlier told negotiators he intended to hurt more law enforcement officials.
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 in downtown,” Brown told reporters.
Earlier, police said a suspicious package was being secured by a bomb squad.
One suspect, who had been in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers, is in custody and a person of interest has also surrendered, police said. The suspects are reportedly not cooperating with police.
Police said they were also questioning occupants of a Mercedes they had pulled over after the vehicle sped off down a downtown street with a man who threw a camouflaged bag inside the back of the car.
Police said three other people are in custody, two from inside the Mercedes and another woman detained near a downtown garage.
The gunfire broke out around 8.45 pm on Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest against fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video.
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