"We received a phone call that my face was on there as a suspect and immediately I flagged down a police officer", he later said in an interview.
Dallas police did not clarify exactly which tactical robot model was used to kill the shooting suspect on Thursday, but it's likely that it was the tEODor (telerob Explosive Ordnance Disposal and observation robot), a bot that Dallas police employed in June 2015 during an attack on its own headquarters.
Brown said the suspects "triangulated" in the downtown area where the protesters were marching and had "some knowledge of the route" they would take.
Police Chief David O. Brown said in a statement that three of the officers who were injured are in critical condition Thursday night.
It must be noted that protests like the one in Dallas are occurring across the country because of the very real war already taking place in this country against Black and brown bodies.
A police officer looks up while standing behind a vehicle, as police responded to shots being fired during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, Thursday, July 7, 2. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Friday that seven police officers and two civilians were wounded in the shooting. So, please join me in applauding these fearless men and women who do this job under great scrutiny, under great vulnerability.
All the while, Dallas Police commended their officers for diverting traffic to ensure the safety of the protesters.
Authorities have not determined whether any protesters were involved with or were complicit in the attack and were not certain early Friday that all suspects have been located, Brown said. He said the assailant who was dead was being fingerprinted and his identity checked with federal authorities. Three of the subjects have been detained while the fourth was killed in a police standoff.
"I was notified today that one of the fallen officers in Dallas is a Michigan native who previously worked in law enforcement in Southeast Michigan".
Police confirm they will have an increased presence at peaceful marches and vigils, and the Chief will be looking at possibly doubling up patrols in some areas - something their gang unit already does.
Another coalition member said there were concerns that the Dallas killings would change how local police react to demonstrations.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the slain and wounded police officers, injured protestors, and the City of Dallas".
"The Black Lives Matter rally. started out as what was, to me, the biggest and most inspiring rally I've been to in Dallas".
"Our hearts go out to all of the families", she said.
At this critical time, we must pull together and remember what unites us as Americans.