Dallas sniper who gunned down 5 cops 'wanted to kill white people,' chief says

- Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven wounded by a sniper who "wanted to kill white people" during an anti-police brutality protest Thursday, an explosion of violence that President Obama declared a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.”

An unidentified gunman negotiated with police from inside a parking garage into the early morning hours, telling police he was angered over racially charged shootings and wanted to kill white people, police said. He was killed when police sent a robot in to detonate a bomb, police said.

Police and federal authorities were working to determine whether more people were involved in what was the nation's deadliest day for police since 9/11.

"We're hurting," said Dallas Police Chief David Brown in a Friday morning news conference. "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is this must stop, this divisiveness betweeen our police and our citizens."

The protest was one of several around the country, prompted by police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Brown said the dead suspect told authorities he was angry about police shootings.

"He said he was upset at white people," Brown said. "He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers."


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