At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night, killing five officers and injuring six others, police said.

 

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the snipers fired “ambush style” upon the officers. Police later said in a statement that a suspect who was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers is in custody and a person of interest had surrendered. They said a suspicious package was being secured by a bomb squad.

 

The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest 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.

 

A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.