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Live video from Dallas: Reports say 5 officers killed by snipers

Dallas Officers saulte On Thursday, gunshots rang out during a protest as snipers opened fire on police officers in Dallas.  According to some reports, five officers — four police officers and one DART transit officer — were killed and six others wounded.

NBC DFW said that one suspect has been killed.

Here’s a live ongoing report from NBC DFW:

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According to NBC:

Police continue to exchange gunfire with a cornered gunman hours after five officers were fatally shot at the conclusion of a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, officials said early Friday morning.

Three other suspects were in custody in connection with the shooting, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Four Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer were among the deceased, and six other officers were wounded. The Dallas Police Department’s Twitter account announced the fifth officer’s death about 2 a.m., adding “It has been a devastating night.”

One civilian, identified as Shetamia Taylor was reportedly shot while shielding her children from the gunfire, according to her family.

CNN added:

— (Dallas Police Chief David) Brown said it’s unclear how many suspects were involved, but three people are in custody.
— Dallas police have been negotiating and exchanging gunfire with a suspect at a parking garage in downtown for hours.
— “The suspect has told our negotiators that the end is coming,” Brown said.
— The suspect told negotiators more officers are going to be hurt, and added that there are bombs planted all over downtown Dallas.

It gets worse, according to CNN:

— Witness Ismael Dejesus said he filmed the shooter from his hotel balcony about 50 yards away. He described the gunman as wearing tactical pants and a tactical shirt. He had a weapon with a “pretty big magazine,” he said.
— “He got out of there, walked over to the pillar, put a magazine in and started firing,” he said. “It did look planned. He knew where to stand, he had ammo ready.”
— Retired FBI special agent Steve Moore said the attack may have been planned in advance.
— “This was an attack planned long before– waiting for an opportunity to go,” Moore said. “I think there was so much logistically, ammunition-wise. They may not have planned the location, they may not have planned the vantage point. But they had prepared for an attack before last night’s shooting is my guess.”

This is an ongoing story — we’ll update as we know more.

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