One of the organizers of the march, Rev. Jeff Hood, was walking with a police officer when he heard what he recalled as six to eight shots, he told reporters.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Dallas to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. We can not be a country where our differences define us - be it profession, race, creed, or sexual orientation. Dallas officers are hurting. This week's events are also important reminder of our work with community partners to continue promoting positive engagement between officers and the residents we're sworn to protect.
"I know tonight and in the coming days there will be protests over the tragedies in Minnesota and Louisiana, and those protests are an important part of our democracy on a very important issue", Mayor Mike Duggan said today at a Grow Talent Youth Detroit event.
As she wrapped up her remarks about the stunning, late-night sniper killing of five police officers and shooting of seven others, America's top law-enforcement officer sought to conclude on an optimistic note Friday. El Centro College has canceled classes for the day. A Dallas city official confirmed the standoff ended around 3:30 a.m. local time.
"Right now, everybody should sit back and reflect on what people are saying and doing, and make sure everybody's talking to each other", he said.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the shooters, some in elevated positions, used sniper rifles to fire at the officers in what appeared to be a coordinated attack.
Does the assemblage of killings by police around the country and the resulting Black Lives Matter movement lead to more than candlelight vigils and calls for change?
"She jumped on top of them to cover them when the bullets started flying everywhere", Williams said outside of Baylor Medical Center, where Taylor, an Amazon employee, was recuperating from an early-morning surgery on her shattered tibia. However, police swept the area and no explosives were found.
The suspect had also said he was not affiliated with any groups and stated that he acted alone, Brown added. Police were in a standoff that has extended into Friday morning with another suspect in a downtown garage, where gunfire had been exchanged, officials said.
The central business district in downtown Dallas remains closed to pedestrians and traffic.
According to data from the Dallas Police Department, the number of complaints alleging excessive and improper use of force has fallen from 147 in 2009 to 13 through mid-November of 2015. "1 deceased, others not life-threatening".
The deceased DART officer has been identified as 43-year-old Brent Thompson.
Dallas police didn't respond to a request for further information about their use of the robot. "Our solidarity is with all victims of violence on this tragic week", the prime minister said. The mayor and police chief were seen arriving there. "But they had prepared for an attack before last night's shooting is my guess".
The search for the shooters stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments.
THE AFTERMATH. Hours later, a "horrified" President Barack Obama, speaking from Poland where he's attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, called the ambush "a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement".
He said the "war of words against law enforcement" has now escalated to cold-blooded attacks on officers by snipers. The shootings happened a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the landmark made famous by President John F. Kennedy's assassination.