Thursday night, a peaceful protest in Dallas was disrupted by a sniper who shot a total of 10 officers and at least two civilians. An 11th officer was shot during shot exchange with a suspect. Five officers are dead after chaos ensued in downtown Dallas, causing the area to get shut down.

The protest was in the wake of the deaths by Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. by the hands of law enforcement. The protest was peaceful, the Dallas PD even posted pictures on their twitter account. According to authorities, this is the worst attack on law-enforcement officers since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when 72 police officers were killed.

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Police negotiated with one suspect for several hours, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown. At a news conference on Friday, he stated that the suspect told officers he was upset about Black Lives Matter, the recent police shootings of black men, and white people, but claimed NO allegiance or ties to the Black Lives Matter movement or organization or any other group.

The suspect “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.

Brown stated that after exchanging gunfire and negotiations, officers “saw no other option but to use our robot bomb,” The detonation killed the suspect. The hostage negotiator also died.

“We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting,” Brown said. “Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words that describe the atrocity that occurred to our city.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said downtown Dallas would still be considered “an active crime scene” going into Friday, and urged people to check the city’s news updates on which areas to avoid. The FAA instituted a temporary flight restriction over the area.

President Barack Obama is attending a meeting with NATO in Warsaw, Poland, and addressed the police shootings:

“There has been a vicious, despicable, and calculated attack on law enforcement,” he said. “I think I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified.”

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