DART Officer Brent Thompson was killed during an ambush in downtown Dallas.
Morgan Lyons with DART confirmed the first officer killed for the department since 1989 is Brent Thompson, 43. He had been with DART since 2009.
One bystander who is not a police officer, Shetamia Taylor, was also shot. She is expected to recover. Details about the other bystander have not been released.
At 3:20 a.m., DART released names of three injured officers who are expected to recover from their injuries. Their names are Officer Omar Cannon, 44, Officer Misty McBride, 32 and Officer Jesus Retana, 39.
The Dallas Police Department said in a statement around 11:30 p.m. a female suspect who was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers near the garage at El Centro College in downtown is in custody. A suspicious package was discovered near that suspect’s location and the DPD bomb squad headed to the scene.
In a 12:30 a.m. news conference Brown said the police are negotiating with a second suspect on the second floor of that same parking garage. He said the suspect had exchanged gunfire with police during the negotiations, which lasted hours.
Brown said the suspect told negotiators “the end was coming,” that he’s “going to hurt and kill more of us” (meaning law enforcement), and that there were bombs planted all over the garage and downtown.
Police confirmed the second suspect was dead at about 3 a.m. It was not immediately clear if the suspect killed himself or was killed by law enforcement.
Chief Brown also said the department would continue to search downtown throughout the night and into the morning until they are sure all suspects have been captured and they have determined there are no bombs.
Neither of the suspects have been identified.
Meanwhile, a massive police presence surrounded a vehicle and questioned two individuals they took into custody on Interstate 35 at Ann Arbor Avenue in Dallas in what turned out to be a false lead.
Dallas police surround a vehicle on Interstate 35. (Photo: WFAA)
According to Dallas police, that situation began when a Dallas police officer saw an individual carrying a camouflage bag walking quickly down Lamar Street. The individual threw the bag into black Mercedes, when then sped off at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the vehicle southbound on I-35 and stopped it on I-35 at Kiest.
Police questioned both occupants of the vehicle before releasing them. The driver told News 8’s Demond Fernandez he was just picking up his brother from the bus station and the bag was his brother’s luggage.
Dallas police officers scramble to respond after 11 officers were shot by a suspect or suspects on Thursday, July 8, 2016. (Photo: WFAA)
Earlier Thursday, Dallas police circulated a photo of what Chief Brown called a “person of interest” in the crime. They say that man, Mark Hughes, has since turned himself in and been released. Hughes and his attorney may speak about the situation later on Friday or in the coming days.
Brown said 10 officers were shot in the initial gunfire, but a short time later said an 11th officer had been shot in an exchange of gunfire with one of the suspects.
It remains an active-shooter situation. Police have asked everyone to get to safety and avoid downtown Dallas. If you have any information regarding the shooting, DPD asks you to call 214-671-3485.
At least one officer was shot in downtown Dallas Thursday night at a protest of officer-involved violence across the country. (Photo: WFAA)
Some of the shooting was captured live on Facebook, as you can see below
or at this link(WARNING: Graphic content).
The shot officers include both Dallas police and DART officers. They have been taken to Parkland Hospital and Baylor Medical Center.
Brown said three of the dead officers were with the Dallas Police Department and one was with the DART police. It is unclear what department the fifth deceased officer worked for.
DART identified their deceased officer as Brent Thompson, 43. DART spokesperson Morgan Lyons said Officer Thompson is the first DART officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989. Officer Thompson had been with the department since 2009.
Lyons said the three other DART officers who were shot are expected to recover from their injuries, and no other DART employees working in downtown during the protest or shooting were injured.
“As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization. We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening. We are grateful for every message,” Lyons said in a statement.
The shots were fired as the march was moving down Lamar Street near Griffin before 9 p.m.
An officer at the scene told News 8’s Marie Saavedra the shooter had a rifle. She described several volleys of quick bursts of gunfire.
Another bystander, Richard Adams, said the protest was “a lovely, peaceful march,” until they were walking down Commerce Street near the Bank of America building parking garage when he heard what sounded like “a bunch of firecrackers going off.”
“Everybody just stopped — ‘Run, run for your lives!’ Women with children and babies and everybody was chaotically running. And then, maybe I was a half-a-block away, calming down a little bit when we heard it again. […] There must have been five times tonight — whenever we thought we were safe, people said ‘Run, people were shot!'”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the White House and the Governor’s Office had called Thursday night to offer condolences and any assistance they could.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a statement. “I’ve spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time. In times like this we must remember – and emphasize – the importance of uniting as Americans.”
President Obama was briefed when the shooting happened and later spoke to the media around 4:15 a.m. Friday. “The entire City of Dallas is grieving. Police across America as a tight-knit family feels this loss to their core,” Obama said. “I ask all Americans to say a prayer for these officers and their families.”
On Friday U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement:
“My condolences are with the families of the officers who lost their lives in last night’s horrific attack, and my thoughts continue to be with the injured and those in the Dallas area affected by this unspeakable tragedy. Our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way every day, and to target those who serve and protect our community in such a senseless and vicious way is shocking and reprehensible.”
El Centro College has announced classes are cancelled on Friday. If you work downtown, officials say you should check
DallasCityNews.net in the morning to determine if there will be any delays or cancellations.
The following buildings in Downtown Dallas will be closed:
George L. Allen Sr. Civil Courts Building
Old Red Museum
Dallas County Administration Building
Dallas County Records Building
Dallas Municipal Court
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