Dallas Police Chief David Brown says three officers were shot and killed, and seven others and one civilian wounded by two snipers. The shooting occurred during a protest in downtown Dallas against the shootings earlier this week of two African-American men by white police officers in Baton Rouge, La., and suburban St. Paul, Minn.
Brown said at a late-night news conference that one of the suspects appears to have been cornered by authorities, and that police are investigating the possibility of a bomb.
Brown said law enforcement appeared to have been intentionally targeted by the shooters, who were trying to triangulate their fire on officers.
"Gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Protesters were marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
"Scores of police and security officers were on hand.
"Javier Giribet-Vargas, a KERA intern, was covering the protests when the shootings happened. 'I don't know what happened, but by the Bank of America building, there was a shooting; I ran, I dropped my phone. There's like 30 to 40 cop cars, probably more.' "
"I ask everybody to focus on one thing right now, and it's Dallas police officers, families, those decreased, those in the hospital fighting for their lives," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the news conference. "Let's all come together to support our police officers."
The earliest reports of the shootout came via witnesses who had been documenting the protest march on social media. (Editor's note: The following video includes language some may find objectionable.)
This is a rapidly developing story; we'll provide updates as they become available, including corrections should any of the above information prove to be incorrect.