Dallas protest shooting: five officers dead, standoff reportedly over – live updates

Here are the key lines from Obama’s statement:

“What we do know is there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”


“According to police there are multiple suspects. We will learn more about their twisted motivations, but let’s be clear; there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”
“Our police have an extraordinarily difficult job and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion. Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us.”
“We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic.”
“As a nation, let’s remember to express our profound gratitude to our men and women in blue, not just today, but every day.”
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23m ago
10:45
Jay Z
Jay Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Before the Dallas shootings, Jay Z released a new song in response to the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. PA reports:

The rapper said that he wrote song Spiritual a while ago, but never finished it. He released it on his streaming service Tidal on Friday along with a statement attacking police brutality.

He wrote: “Punch (Terrence Henderson, co-president of record label TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘this issue will always be relevant’.” Black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, sparking mass protests and rioting.

Jay Z added: “I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last … I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT. I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man … it’s tough right now.”

He ended by sending his blessings to the families of those that had lost loved ones to “police brutality” and included a quotation by African American social reformer Frederick Douglass.

Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana on Tuesday after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. A Minnesota officer shot Philando Castile dead while he was in a car with a woman and a child, just a day later.

Jay Z appears to have written the song at least two years ago, as his statement mentions the death of 18-year-old Brown in 2014. Lyrics include: “I am not poison, no, I am not poison. Just a boy from the hood that got my hands in the air. In despair, don’t shoot, I just wanna do good.”

He references his own daughter, Blue Ivy, writing: “Can’t even raise my little daughter, my little Carter. We call her Blue cause it’s sad that, how can I be a dad that, I never had that.”

Updated at 10.48am BST
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28m ago
10:40
Here’s the rest of Obama’s statement:

According to police there are multiple suspects. We will learn more about their twisted motivations, but let’s be clear; there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.

Anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.

Yesterday, I spoke about our need to be concerned as all Americans, about racial disparities in our criminal justice system. I also said yesterday our police have an extraordinarily difficult job and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion.

Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us. We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in the days ahead we are going to have to consider those realities as well. In the meantime our focus is on the victims and their families.

Police across America – it’s a tight-knit family – feels this loss to their core, and we are grieving with them. As a nation, let’s remember to express our profound gratitude to our men and women in blue, not just today, but every day.

Updated at 10.45am BST
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37m ago
10:31
Here’s the start of Obama’s statement:

I spoke this morning with Mayor Rawlings of Dallas to convey the deepest condolences of the American people. I told him that the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.

We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty doing their jobs, keeping people safe, during peaceful protests. These law enforcement officers were targeted and nearly a dozen officers were shot. Five were killed. Other officers and at least one civilian were wounded, some are in serious condition and we are praying for their recovery.

We are horrified over these events and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.

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44m ago
10:24
Obama said the availability of automatic weapons makes attacks like this more likely.

This is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices police make for us, Obama said.

Barack Obama speaks on the shooting in Dallas.
Barack Obama speaks on the shooting in Dallas. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Updated at 10.41am BST
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46m ago
10:22
The president is giving his reaction to the shootings. Obama described it as “tremendous tragedy” and offered the mayor of Dallas support and condolences. “We are horrified by these events, we stand by the police department in Dallas,” Obama says.

There is no justification for these attacks, he adds. “The police have an extraordinarily difficult job and the vast majority do their job in an outstanding way,” he said.

Updated at 10.32am BST
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51m ago
10:17
Ryan Felton
Meanwhile, tensions flared early Friday in St Paul, Minneapolis, after about 100 protesters and police officers squared off during a march for Philando Castile, the 32-year-old fatally shot by police on Wednesday, writes Ryan Felton.

The heated moments came just hours after four suspected snipers opened fire on police officers at an anti-violence protest in Dallas, leaving five dead and several wounded.

“There’s a whole different tension going on,” said Mica Grimm, an organiser of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, when the standoff appeared to end.

Following a vigil on Thursday at the school where Castile worked, Grimm said a smaller group of roughly two dozen people broke away around 8pm CT, and began marching to Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street, the intersection in nearby Falcon Heights about five miles away.

The group moved along a light-rail route, disrupting traffic and at one point halting transit service. Grimm said the crowd swelled to about 200 people along the way to the scene of Castile’s death.

When the group made the return trip, she said “there was a small group that was upset”. At one point, she said, someone smashed a window of a police cruiser, and, along Grand Avenue, storefront windows were broken by rocks. Police then quickly assembled.

As officers sought to push the protesters off Grand Avenue, Grimm claimed police fired two-three rubber bullets at the crowd – a moment captured on video and posted on Twitter. No one was hit, she said.

About 20 minutes later, she continued, protesters formed a line and linked arms in an effort to de-escalate the situation. “People started chanting, expressing how they felt about Black Lives Matter,” Grimm said.

Dozens remained outside the Minnesota governor’s residence, a sprawling property located in an affluent section of St Paul. Similar to the night before, the protesters planned to keep a presence outside the home of the Minnesota governor, Mark Dayton, through the night.

“People do plan on staying here all night,” said Grimm.

The situation felt significantly heated, she added, given the circumstances in Dallas were still unfolding. “What happened in Dallas is going to change everything,” she said.

Protesters march through the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota, after the death of Philando Castile
Protesters march through the streets of St Paul, Minnesota, after the death of Philando Castile. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Updated at 10.36am BST
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1h ago
10:09
Here’s a more detailed map and an aerial view of the scene of the shootings and the multi-storey car park where a fourth suspect exchanged fire with police.

Dallas shooting scene

Aerial view of Dallas shooting scene
Updated at 10.11am BST
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1h ago
10:04
Obama is about to speak about the shootings. The White House will be live streaming his remarks from Warsaw where is attending a two-day Nato summit.

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1h ago
10:00
Mark Hughes, the man who turned himself after a Dallas police named him as “person of interest” and released a picture of him carrying a gun, has been talking to the media after being released.

“I could easily have been shot,” he told CBS. He said he flagged down a police officer as soon as he was told he had been named as a suspect. He said he was interrogated for 30 minutes and accused the police of lying about his movements. “The system is trying to get me”, he said. Dallas police apologised to Hughes. He said he was not satisfied with this after getting death threats on social media.

Barack Obama, who is in Warsaw for a Nato a two-day summit, is expected to give a statement shortly. The president has been updated on the shootings, his spokesman said.

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Expecting Obama, Tusk Juncker press briefing at NATO summit in less than ten minutes – could be chance for Obama to talk Dallas
2:14 PM – 8 Jul 2016
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Our world affairs editor, Julian Borger, adds:

President Obama arrived in Warsaw for a two-day Nato summit just after midnight, but before the Dallas shootings. On arrival, he made some remarks at his hotel about earlier incidents in Minnesota and Baton Rouge involving police shooting black civilians, saying “We have seen tragedies like this too many times.” After dawn this morning, as news of Dallas came through, the White House spokesman, Josh Earnest issued a statement saying:

“The president has been updated on the shooting of police officers in Dallas. He asked his team to keep him updated on the situation as they get additional information.”

Updated at 10.04am BST
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1h ago
09:41
Dallas police officers have been filmed outside the Parkland hospital in Dallas, saluting their fellow officers who were killed in the attacks.

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Dallas Police officers standing outside Parkland Hospital, saluting their fallen brethren.
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— Brandon Wall (@Walldo)
July 8, 2016
Officers in Dallas pay their respects as the bodies of the officers killed tonight are transported pic.twitter.com/i5EPxWk5Rl

Updated at 10.06am BST
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2h ago
09:35
A senior Dallas police officer, Maj Max Geron, says extensive sweeps for bombs are being conducted across the city. Earlier, police said the suspect hold up at the El Centro car park, since reported dead, claimed bombs had been left “all over the place”.

— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD)
July 8, 2016
There are extensive sweeps of downtown for explosives underway. This will take quite a while. #dallasshooting

Updated at 10.07am BST
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2h ago
09:29
Here’s a map showing the location of the shootings and the El Centro college car park where a fourth suspect is reported to have killed himself.

Dallas shootings map
Updated at 10.07am BST
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2h ago
09:27
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Dart) has released the names of three of its injured officers who are all expected to recover. They are: Omar Cannon, 44, Misty McBride, 32, and Jesus Retana 39.

Earlier, Dart confirmed that one of its officers, Brent Thompson, 43, was one of the five people killed in the attack.

— Brandon Formby (@brandonformby)
July 8, 2016
Injured @dartmedia officers identified as Omar Cannon, 44; Misty McBride, 32; Jesus Retana, 39. All 3 expected to survive.

Updated at 9.32am BST
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2h ago
09:17
The Dallas Morning News says that the fourth suspect in the El Centro college garage is reported dead.

— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews)
July 8, 2016

Breaking Remaining gunman in the El Centro College garage reported dead https://t.co/XAQI3hpba6 pic.twitter.com/uYAmLZgVv9

Updated at 10.08am BST
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2h ago
09:14
Matthew Weaver Matthew Weaver
There are several unconfirmed local reports that the fourth suspect hold up in the El Centro car park has killed himself. We cannot verify these reports and they have not been confirmed by the authorities, but reporters at the scene say the standoff is over.

— CBS News (@CBSNews)
July 8, 2016

BREAKING: @CBSDFW reports 4th suspect in Dallas shooting is dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound, standoff over https://t.co/dxAaZyJTHm

— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi)
July 8, 2016
Sources confirm to @wfaachannel8 that the suspect inside El Centro College is dead. #DallasPoliceShooting

— The Feed (@FeedNewsLive)
July 8, 2016

BREAKING: KDFW reporter at scene of Dallas shooting standoff reports suspect has shot himself.

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2h ago
09:05
This is now reported to be the deadliest day for US law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks.

— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8)
July 8, 2016
PHOTO: Police officers show respect to the fallen outside Parkland Hospital early Friday morning pic.twitter.com/ExyNtUmWM3