Protest Shooting

Downtown Dallas hit by deadly shooting after protest rally

Downtown Dallas hit by deadly shooting after protest rally

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Eleven police officers were shot at a protest rally in Downtown Dallas.  Dallas Police/Facebook

Eleven police officers were shot and five were killed on July 7 following a protest/rally in downtown Dallas. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, snipers shot the officers from "elevated positions" downtown. Four of the five officers who died were from the Dallas Police Department; one was from DART.

CNN reports that three suspects are in custody; one sniper, holed up in a parking garage, was killed when a robot bomb was detonated after a standoff with police.

Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista, who attended the protest, live-streamed some of the shooting.

The protest was a demonstration against two recent shooting incidents in which black men were shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Since the area is considered an active crime scene, parts of downtown will be blocked off on Friday morning.

Three downtown streets will be closed: Elm, Commerce, and Main streets, between Griffin and Houston streets. Griffin and Houston will remain open. Ross Avenue will be open, as well.

Police will use Jackson Street as a detour, diverting traffic from Commerce the wrong way down Jackson to provide an eastbound route.

DART will continue to operate trains through downtown, but the West End Station will be closed. And buses that ordinarily go through the CBD West Transfer Center on San Jacinto Street near the West End will be moved to CBD East, on Pacific Avenue, between Pearl and Olive.

The following downtown buildings will also be closed:

  • Old Red Museum
  • George L. Allen Sr. Civil Courts Building
  • Dallas County Administration Building
  • Dallas County Records Building