TIMELINE: How The Deadly Shooting Of Police Officers In Dallas Unfolded

Dallas police stand watch after police officers were shot in downtown Dallas, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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On Thursday night, snipers opened fire on police officers at the scene of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, killing five law enforcement officers and leaving several others injured.

As of Friday morning, one suspect was killed when officers detonated a bomb near the suspect. Officers turned to the bomb after negotiations with the suspect broke down and a gunfire exchange broke out, police said. hree suspects were reporrtedly in custody, though police would not confirm a number or provide any details about other suspects

7 p.m. CT: Black Lives Matter protest was scheduled to begin in the Belo Garden Park in Dallas, according to the protest’s organizer.

7:47 p.m. CT: Dallas Police Department began tweeting photos of the protest, sharing photos of the protesters standing with officers.

9 p.m. CT: Snipers with rifles shot 11 police officers in Dallas, the city’s police chief told Dallas Morning News.

9:10 p.m. CT: Dallas Police Association sent first tweet indicating that officers were injured in the shooting.

10:53 p.m. CT: Dallas Police department reported that two snipers shot ten officers.

11:13 p.m. CT: Dallas Police reported that a fourth officer was killed in the shooting.

11:30 p.m. CT: Man identified as a suspect in a photo circulated by the Dallas Police Department turned himself in. He was released at 1 a.m, according to the Dallas Morning News.

12:30 a.m.: Dallas police chief told reporters that police had been exchanging gunfire with a fourth suspect in a parking garage at El Centro College.

1:42 a.m. CT: Dallas police reported that a fifth officer had died in the shooting.

3 a.m. CT: Suspect in El Centro parking garage was reported dead shortly before 3 a.m., according to Dallas Morning News and CNN. Police confirmed later Friday morning that a suspect was killed at El Centro College after police used a robot to detonate a bomb.

4:20 a.m. CT: President Obama addressed the shooting in Dallas from a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland. He said he was “horrified” by the “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

5 a.m. CT: Dallas police said that two sweeps through downtown searching for explosives turned up nothing, according to the Dallas Morning News.

7:40 a.m. CT: Dallas Police Chief David Brown provided updates to reporters about the suspected shooter who died early Friday morning at El Centro College. Brown said that the suspect died after police used a robot to detonate a bomb near the suspect. During negotiations with police, the suspect said he was “was upset about Black Lives Matter” and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown told reporters.

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  1. Absolutely terrible news. In no way is this justified, and it will most likely increase the number of shootings by nervous officers.

  2. I guess Dallas never changes. I’m old enough to remember another snipper shooting and we lost one of our most intelligent presidents!!!

  3. THey are doing the stupidity of not saying details about description or name but most importantly getting a picture out there. Timothy McVeigh was caught because of picture getting out there right away, people’s memory is transient, now is the time to start finding any connections the shooters have in the world. What is the purpose of the staying dark anyway?

  4. Avatar for jw1 jw1 says:

    Only the one suspect killed-- who assisted in perpetrating this cold-blooded crime-- ‘deserved’ to lose his life.
    A premeditated crime. Not a crime of passion.

    The Dallas killings may have been motivated from the shootings in LA and MN-- but four shooters?
    You don’t just round-up four (militarily-trained?) snipers–
    on a spur-of-the-moment whim and carry out a calculated plan like is one.
    This group was waiting for an opportunity such as this to ambush LEOs.
    And took the opportunity.

    Three living suspects are in custody. And if I’m hearing things correctly DPD is still looking for one more?
    This story is going to be a tangle of information-- for some time IMO.

    Bless the victims, and give strength to the families of the fallen.


  5. Indeed. Many of comments/tweets on that pic have him in the crowd marching peacefully with the protestors.
    Open Carry. Not such a great idea after all.

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