Snipers operating from rooftops in Dallas killed five police officers and wounded six more in a coordinated attack during a peaceful Dallas Black Lives Matter protest.
The ambush which was caught on video and posted on social media, is said to have been carefully planned. Three suspects were apprehended alive, while another died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff that extended into Friday morning.
The fourth suspect exchanged gunfire with police during the standoff at a downtown garage and warned of placing bombs throughout the city. Police have not yet confirmed his death but said no explosives have been found.
The shooting was the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.
President Obama issued a statement from Poland about the shooting.
“We still don’t know all the facts, we do know there’s been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement,” Obama said. “I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified.”
“Let me just say, even as yesterday I spoke about our need to be concerned as all Americans about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system. I also said our police have an extremely difficult job and the vast majority do their job in outstanding fashion.”