Five police officers have been killed by at least two snipers in Dallas at a protest over recent fatal shootings of black men.

Five police officers have been killed by at least two snipers in Dallas at a protest over recent fatal shootings of black men.
Six other officers were wounded in the targeted attack along with at least one civilian.
President Barack Obama has described the shootings as "a vicious, calculated and despicable act" and vowed those responsible would be held accountable.


Brent Thompson


Two of those killed have been named as 43-year-old Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit police department, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa.
One of the gunmen, who had been involved in an stand-off with police and exchanged fire with officers from inside a parking garage, is reported by local media to have killed himself.

Patrick Zamarripa

He had told officers that "the end is coming", that he intended to kill more police, and that there were bombs "all over downtown Dallas".

However, police said no explosives were found following "extensive sweeps" of the area.
Three suspects, thought to be two men and a woman, are in custody. Two of them were stopped in a black Mercedes car following a high speed chase.

The initial gunshots were heard at Belo Garden Park around 8.45pm local time, as hundreds of people gathered to protest over fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St Paul, Minnesota.
Dallas police chief David Brown said the snipers took their shots "from elevated positions" during the protest in an "ambush style".
Some had been shot in the back.
Mr Brown said it appeared the gunmen "planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could"

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