WINNIPEG – “We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown expressed the grief he and others are feeling after 12 officers and two civilians were shot in an ambush-style attack during a protest march in the city last night.
Five of the officers were killed.
Demonstrators were marching to protest the deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Brown says they were able to corner one suspect and tried to negotiate with him for several hours.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” he said.
Eventually police sent a robot with a bomb into the area where the suspect was. Brown says the suspect died as a result of the explosion. He said other options in dealing with the suspect would have exposed officers to danger.
“All I know is this must stop. This divisiveness between the police and our citizens,” Brown said.
Canadians are shocked by the cowardly attacks against police in Dallas. Our solidarity is with all victims of violence on this tragic week.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 8, 2016