DALLAS — Dallas Police Chief David Brown has confirmed at least 11 police officers were shot and at least three were killed in an attack by two snipers in downtown Dallas at a protest of officer-involved shootings across the country on Thursday night.
Brown said in a news conference at around 11 p.m. they currently have a suspect cornered in the parking garage of El Centro College in downtown Dallas and are negotiating with him to surrender.
Brown initially said 10 officers were shot, but a short time later said an 11th officer had been shot in an exchange of gunfire with one of the suspects.
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It remains an active-shooter situation. Police have asked everyone to get to safety and avoid downtown Dallas. If you have any information regarding the shooting, DPD asks you to call 214-671-3485.
“Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally,” Brown wrote in an earlier statement. “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.”
The shot officers include both Dallas police and DART officers. They have been taken to both Parkland Hospital and Baylor Medical Center.
Another bystander, Richard Adams, said the protest was “a lovely, peaceful march,” until they were walking down Commerce Street near the Bank of America building parking garage when he heard what sounded like “a bunch of firecrackers going off.”
“Everybody just stopped — ‘Run, run for your lives!’ Women with children and babies and everybody was chaotically running. And then, maybe I was a half-a-block away, calming down a little bit when we heard it again. […] There must have been five times tonight — whenever we thought we were safe, people said ‘Run, people were shot!'”
The shooting took place near El Centro College. it has announced classes are cancelled on Friday.