Police chief: Suspect in Dallas ambush ‘wanted to kill white people’

Police chief: Suspect in Dallas ambush ‘wanted to kill white people’
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During a Friday morning news conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect who ambushed police officers during a peaceful protest Thursday night was upset about recent shootings and wanted to kill whites.

Gunmen shot and killed five police officers during the protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states, police said, in bloodshed evoking the trauma of the nation’s tumultuous civil rights era.

Police Chief David Brown blamed “snipers” and said three suspects were in custody while a fourth had exchanged gunfire with authorities in a parking garage downtown and told negotiators he intended to hurt more law enforcement officials.

The suspect stated he wanted to kill officers, especially white officers, according to Chief Brown.

Early Friday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the fourth suspect had died.

“We don’t exactly know the last moments of his death but explosives did blast him out,” Rawlings told The Associated Press.

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