The Officers Shot Dead in Dallas

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016.

Five police officers were killed last night when snipers opened fire at a Dallas protest.

A total of 10 police officers were shot by snipers during the protests, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. Another seven officers and two others were injured, and multiple suspects were in custody, Dallas police said Friday morning.

The deadly gunfire erupted in Dallas on Thursday night as videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country.

Cory Hughes told the Dallas Morning News that the rifle was unloaded and said Mark handed it over to a police officer after the shootings to avoid being mistaken for the gunman. "Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event".

Mr Hughes said he had told police officers: "You know what?"

NBC News said the suspect told police "the end is coming".

U.S. President Barack Obama calls the shootings in Dallas a "vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement".

Witnesses described several bursts of gunfire and a chaotic and terrifying scene on Main Street in downtown Dallas, where police searched, and eventually surrounded the suspect at the parking garage.

Three of the officers killed were members of the Dallas Police Department.

The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a auto with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb.

The use of force by police against African-Americans in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore and NY has sparked periodic and sometimes violent protests in the past two years and has spawned the Black Lives Matter movement.

Brown said police don't have a motivation for the attacks or any information on the suspects.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said in a statement that "our thoughts and prayers go out to these officers and their families, and to those who have been injured".

Brown says a fourth person was exchanging gunfire with officers.

Photos show Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers shot dead in Dallas Thursday. "We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers. and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could", he said. Brown says one of the officers killed was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer.

Williams said her sister was at the protests Thursday night with her four sons, ages 12 to 17. Her father said she was shot once in the arm and once in the abdomen, and was undergoing surgery.

Crime scene investigators are piecing together the shooting, and K-9 officers are working to find any explosive devices.

The Globe has compiled this list of recent police shootings in the US and Canada that galvanized the public.

Of those killed, two were Dallas police officers and the other was part of the police unit attached to the DART rapid-transit service.

The protests in Dallas were among several across the country that were held after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a vehicle with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. He says the snipers shot from "elevated positions" during a protest over two recent fatal police shootings.

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