Friday, 8 July 2016
Five police officers killed by snipers in Dallas
U.S. President Barack Obama said America is “horrified” over the shootings of police officers in Dallas and there’s no possible justification for the attacks. Speaking from Warsaw, Poland, where he’s meeting with leaders of the European Union and attending a NATO summit, Mr. Obama said justicewill be done and he’s asking all Americans to pray for the fallen officers and their families. He added that the nation should express its gratitude to those serving in law enforcement. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said. Three people are in custody and a fourth suspect was exchanging gunfire with authorities in a parking garage downtown, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said early Friday morning. The suspect is not cooperating and has told negotiators he intends to hurt more law enforcement officials, the chief said. The gunfire broke out around 8.45 p.m. local time, on Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Brown told reporters the snipers fired “ambush style” upon the officers. Mayor Mike Rawlings said one member of the public was wounded in the gunfire.