WASHINGTON: Four police officers were killed, at least seven were wounded and a civilian was also hurt late Thursday when two snipers opened fire during a protest in Dallas against police racial bias, authorities said.
City Police Chief David Brown said two gunmen shot at “police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally”, sparking an intense search for at least two suspects, adding that they had threatened to plant a bomb.
The Dallas Police Department tweeted a photograph of a man dressed in a camouflage shirt with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder.
“This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!” the police department tweeted.
The suspects “have threatened to plant a bomb in the downtown area,” Brown told reporters. However it later emerged that the photo tweeted by the Dallas Police Department was not of the alleged attacker, video footage showed the ‘guy in the tweet’ handing over his weapon to a police officer as the shooting started.
The protests were part of demonstrations taking part in several cities against the fatal police shootings of African American men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week.