DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/KRLD) – A peaceful protest against officer-involved shootings around the nation took a sinister turn at about 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night, as snipers in downtown Dallas shot 12 police officers and two civilians, killing five of the officers, according to Mayor Mike Rawlings and Chief David Brown with the Dallas Police Department.
“Some officers were shot in the back,” said Brown, who added that this men were attacked “ambush-style” by snipers from an elevated position.
One suspect died just before 3:00 a.m. on Friday after an hours-long standoff with police. Authorities cornered that suspect in the parking garage of El Centro College and tried to negotiate with him. However, the communications broke down and police were left with few options that were safe.