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11 Police Officers Shot, 5 Killed at Dallas Protest

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UPDATE: The officer death toll has now risen to five, including the DART officer. The attack is the deadliest on U.S. law enforcement since 9/11.

Initially, The Los Angeles Times reported that three suspects were in custody, and that one other suspect was engaged in a standoff with police. After several hours in standoff, the suspect—who claimed he wanted to "kill white people, especially white officers"—was killed by a bomb detonated by police, CNN reports. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters that the suspect said he acted alone and was angered by "recent police shootings."

Preseident Obama called the shooting a "vicious, callous and despicable attack" on law enforcement.

Original story below:

Eleven police officers were shot by two snipers during a rally in Dallas around 9 p.m. Thursday night. Dallas Police Chief David Brown has announced that three officers are dead and seven are wounded. One officer from Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, was killed as well.

The rally was meant to peacefully protest the killings of two black men by police—Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota—in the last few days.

NBC News reports that one suspected shooter has been cornered by police.

This is a developing story.


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