Snipers shoot 11 cops – killing 5 – and ‘plant BOMBS’ across city, Dallas police shooting
He reportedly shouted: “the end is coming and there are bombs all over the place”.
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings has since confirmed that a suspect who was in a stand-off with police has died.
And the first victim – 43-year-old Brent Thompson – has since been identified.
The bomb squad had to inspect a “suspicious package” recovered from the scene.
A woman near the scene and two people in a Mercedes car – into one of the suspects reporteldy threw a camouflaged bag – have also been arrested.
A second “person of interest” – pictured above – has handed himself in.
“They began firing upon our officers – ambush style”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown
Mr Brown said: “At least two snipers, from elevated positions, as the protest rally march ended, began firing upon our officers – ambush style – and shot what we believe at this point is 11 officers.”
He continued: “Some were shot in the back.
“We believe these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on the officers from two different perches in garages in the downtown area and planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could.”
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“I’m sad to say we have deceased and it’s a heart-breaking moment for the city of Dallas.”
Some witnesses report the shooters were wearing bullet-proof vests and were armed with automatic rifles.
Witnesses report hearing several volleys of quick bursts of gunfire.
The shooters stood by as the rally passed them – then opened fire on officers.
They say the gunmen werre “strategic” – describing shots as “Tap, tap, pause. Tap, tap, pause.”
At least two of the injured police are reportedly in surgery.
The public transport system in the city was shut down.
His girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward – which was widely viewed.
Castile’s death occurred within a day of the shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sterling was killed during an altercation with two white police officers.
Graphic video of that incident caused an outcry on social media.
The rally was coming to an end at about 9pm on Thursday local time – 3am British time – when the gun shots rang out.