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Local law enforcement shows support for fallen Dallas officers

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Just hours after a deadly sniper attack that left five police officers dead and seven others wounded during a protest in Dallas, local law enforcement are reaching out in support of their fallen brothers.

On Thursday, June 8 thousands gathered at Belo Garden Park to protest regarding the recent police involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

During the demonstration, Dallas Police Department was active on Twitter, posting photos and videos of people marching and chanting, saying officers in the area maintaining traffic control and ensuring the safety of demonstrators.

Around 9 p.m. CST, the department tweeted one last update on the location of demonstrators, noting they would be marching eastbound on Commerce.

Shortly later, gunshots rang out.

Five officers were killed when snipers fired ambush-style on police. Seven others, including two civilians, were also injured. The incident was the deadliest attack for police in the U.S. since 9/11.

Dallas Chief David Brown said Friday the suspect was killed in a standoff with police. Brown said the suspect exchanged gunfire with police in a downtown parking garage for hours before getting killed.

“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Brown said. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Three other suspects are in custody.

Just hours after the shootings, local law enforcement are paying tribute on social media to their fallen brothers.

Grand Blanc Police Department changed their profile picture to a graphic with the state of Texas with the American flag and a blue line running through the middle. The blue line is standard for honoring a fallen officer.

Several other departments have offered thoughts and prayers to the officers and their families. 

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Police Chief Tim Johnson also released a statement. 

Mayor Weaver and all other City of Flint officials are deeply saddened by the horrific attack in Dallas, Texas. Mayor Weaver called Mayor Mike Rawlings this morning to express her sympathy. She and Police Chief Johnson officially issue the following statement:

We extend our deepest condolences to members of the Dallas Police Department, Mayor Rawlings and the entire community of Dallas, Texas. Our hearts go out to the officers and residents injured in the tragic attack Thursday night. May our thoughts and prayers bring you some comfort during this very difficult time.

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