MNA International Desk: Snipers gunned down five police officers and wounded seven others at Dallas during protests over two fatal police shootings of black men — a blast of violence described as the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11.
One suspect died after a clash with cops in an El Centro College garage, police said. It was blurred if the suspect was killed or had shot himself.
Two civilians also were wounded, including Shetamia Taylor, 37-year-old, who was shot in the calf and was undergoing surgery Friday morning, Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
Four of the slain cops were members of the Dallas Police Department and one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit cop, officials confirmed. One of the slain members of the Dallas police force was identified as Patrick Zamarripa, a young father who described himself on Twitter as “addicted to the thrill of this job.”
“Our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization. We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening. We are grateful for every message.” DART’s spokesman Morgan Lyons said in a statement.
DART recognized its dead officer as Brent Thompson, 43, who joined the department in 2009. Three other DART officers were wounded but were expected to survive, Lyons said. Three people, including a woman, were in custody before the fourth suspect’s death.
The firing broke out around at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.
A SWAT squad and bomb-sniffing dogs had been deployed to the scene and stun grenades were used during the standoff. Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said on Twitter that authorities were conducting ‘extensive’ sweeps crossways the downtown area, which was on lockdown.
President Obama said from Warsaw, where he is attending a NATO summit, that America is ‘horrified’ over the shootings and there’s no potential explanation for the attacks.
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, tweeted Thursday night, “Too many African American families are mourning. Too many young black men and women have been taken from us.”
The injured DART officers were recognized as Omar Cannon, 44-year-old, Misty McBride, 32-year-old, and Jesus Retana, 39-year-old. Some of the wounded cops were taken to Parkland Hospital, the same hospital where Kennedy was taken.
Three Dallas police officers were in critical condition, and two of them had undergone surgery, authorities said. The search for the shooters stretched throughout downtown, an area that is only a few blocks away from Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
The conduct of Dallas’s police is a reminder of why the cops shouldn’t be hounded and smeared, Whatever the unfortunate truth in a handful of individual cases, the vast majority of law enforcement are honorable public servants, who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, for their fellow citizens — white, black, and otherwise.