Dallas : Three people are in custody and one man who was in a stand-off with police shot himself dead, US media have reported.Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city.The protests came after this week’s deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.The Dallas attack marks the deadliest day for US law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
President Barack Obama, who is visiting Poland, said it was a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement”. He said the entire city of Dallas was grieving and the “tight-knit US police community feels this loss to their core”.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspects were all believed to have been working together, using rifles to carry out attacks while the protest rally was drawing to a close. Two snipers had fired from “elevated positions”, shooting some officers in the back.”We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches… and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Chief Brown said.