11 Officers Shot, 4 Fatally, By Snipers Amid Dallas Protest Against Police Killings (Video)

11 Officers Shot, 4 Fatally, By Snipers Amid Dallas Protest Against Police Killings (Video)

Four police officers are confirmed dead and eleven wounded when an ambush-style shooting took place in Dallas Thursday night by at least two snipers, amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Police.

ABC News reported that officials said the gunmen aimed to kill as many officers as possible. Among the officers killed, at least one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer and at least one of the wounded was a DART officer.

One suspect is in custody, following a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers, police said, and a suspicious package was found near the suspect’s location. Police said the package is being secured by the bomb squad.

Another individual, whom police initially identified on Twitter as a “suspect” and circulated a photo of on Twitter, has turned himself in. In a statement, they referred to him as a “person of interest.”

Chaos erupted just before 9 p.m. when a pair of snipers in elevated positions opened fire on officers, who were protecting protesters, police said.

Some of the 11 officers were shot in the back, police said, adding that one civilian was wounded.

In an earlier statement, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that two of the officers were in surgery and three in critical condition.

Police said the suspects were situated on two different perches or garages.

Marie Saavedra, a reporter with ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA tweeted, “MANY gunshots heard in video I captured in #Dallas, just before 9p as rally marched through downtown.”

Earlier in the evening, the Dallas Police Department tweeted images and video of the demonstration.

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