Time: 3:43 p.m. CEST
Police officers used a police bomb robot after negotiation with one of the suspects in Dallas shooting broke down at El Centro College, shortly before 3:00 a.m. local time. Dallas Police Chief David Brown informed the media abut the latest development during the morning news briefing. Officials in Dallas said the shooter said to the police hostage negotiator he was upset by recent police shootings.
Brown explained the man wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. “He said he was not affiliated with any group. He said he did this alone,” Brown briefed the reporters in Dallas, as the Dallas Morning News writes. At a news conference at 7:30 a.m., city officials did not want to give more details about suspects in the custody.
Mayor Mike Rawlings said, “Now is not the right time.” Three other people are in the custody, but are not cooperating with the authorities. Police officers conducted primary and secondary search for additional explosives early Friday, but none were found.
Dallas Mayor began the news conference by offering few information about suspects will be released.
Two snipers shoot four Dallas police officers and one DART officer were killed, while seven officers and two civilians were injured. The attack happened late Thursday, during the demonstration against recent shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
At the 7:30 a.m. local time news conference, Brown said to reporters, “We are hurting, our profession is hurting.” Brown said there are no words to describe the atrocity, which happened to the city. “All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”
Earlier, Dallas police released an image of one of the suspects in the deadly shooting. Mark Hughes, who came at the protest with the gun, as said to practice his Second Amendment right, turned himself in to police, CBS News reported. After being questioned, he was released.
The shooting was the deadliest day for law officers since September 11, 2001, when 72 officers died, as the data of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows.
Timeline of events:
- Dallas Police Chief David Brown said snipers with rifles shot 11 officers and one bystander from elevated positions about 9 p.m.
- At 1:42 a.m., the Dallas Police Association tweeted that a fifth officer had died.
- Shortly before 3 a.m., police reported that the gunman in the garage was dead.
- About 5 a.m., Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said primary and secondary sweeps turned up none.