As many as four snipers in Dallas shot and killed five police officers following a protest. Four were Dallas PD, and one was a transit officer. The protest was in reaction to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. A man named Michael Bautista captured video on Facebook Live, which was shared by the Dallas Morning News.
NBC-5 reports: “At least eight other Dallas police officers were hit, including three that are in critical condition; three additional DART officers suffered injuries that were not life threatening in the shooting.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown released a statement:
“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.”
Earlier in the day President Barack Obama asked the nation to do more to address the contentious relationship between police and the black and Hispanic communities.