Live
  • Five police officers have been shot dead and seven remain injured after at least one sniper opened fire at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday evening (7 July)
  • Witness said they heard dozens of gunshots in the downtown area of the city around 8.45pm local time (2.45am BST)
  • Three suspects - two men and a woman - have been arrested. A fourth, named as 25-year-old Micah Johnson, was confirmed dead after gunfight with police. Johnson is now believe to have acted alone
  • No explosives found during search of downtown Dallas
  • President Obama describes events as "viscous, calculated and despicable"
  • Victims named as Brent Thompson, 43, Michael Krol, 40, Patrick Zamarripa,32, Michael Smith, 55, and Lorne Ahrens. Twelve officers shot in total
  • Attack is the most deadly on law enforcement officers since 9/11
03:14

We wrap up our live coverage of the Dallas shooting. Thanks for tuning in and be sure to follow our continued coverage of the deadly attack in the days that follow.

Dallas Police Shootings
Tributes are left for the five police officers killed by lone gunman Michah Johnson during the Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas on July 7AFP/Getty

02:35

Black Lives Matter protesters have taken to the streets in several cities Friday night (8 July), including New York City and Atlanta.

02:19

Details have emerged just how Dallas Police took down gunman Micah Johnson after negotiations broke down. Police Chief David Brown revealed the police force used an unprecedented tactic to deal with Johnson: it blew him up. Brown said officers used a bomb robot with an explosive attached to its arm and detonated it when it was near Johnson.

The decision to use the bomb robot, which is unlikely to be challenged in a court, has some in the law enforcement community wondering if the line between policing and warfare has been blurred, the New York Times reported.

"In warfare, your object is to kill," Rick Nelson, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former counterterrorism official on the National Security Council, told the Times. "Law enforcement has a different mission."

Others, however, applauded Dallas Police for employing a tactic that did not put more officers' lives in danger.

01:48
Dallas Police Shootings
The five police officers shot and killed by a sniper during a protest in Dallas have been named as Police Officer Brent Thompson, Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith and Senior Corporal Lorne AhrensWayne Sheriff's County

The US Navy released a statement on the loss of Dallas police Officer Patrick Zamarripa.

The horrific loss of life that occurred last night in Dallas has shocked us all and serves as a reminder of the dangers that our first responders and Shipmates like MA2 Patricio Zamarripa face each and every day. The Navy family and, indeed, all of America grieve at the senseless loss of MA2 Zamarripa and his fellow police officers. Together they faithfully and honorably served their Nation and community and through their devotion to duty will forever stand as a shining example and source of inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known them. They and their families will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

For more on Zamarripa and the four other officers killed in Dallas, read our story here.

01:36

New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony took to Instagram earlier on Friday to urge his fellow athletes "to step up and take charge." The basketball player said athletes cannot worry more about endorsements than being positive forces.

"Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge."

Anthony also argued that marches, tweets and killing police were not the answer to incite change.

First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

A photo posted by @carmeloanthony on

00:50
Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the police shootings in Dallas after meeting with EU leaders at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016.Reuters

Breaking: President Obama is cutting his trip to Europe short in light of the shooting. The White House announced the President accepted an invitation from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to visit Dallas early next week.

23:53

Texas Governor Abbott has announced that all injured police officers have been released from hospital.

23:37

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is speaking at the AME Church Conference in Philadelphia about the recent spate of police shootings of black men as well as the assault on Dallas police.

"I will bring law enforcement and communities together to develop national guidelines on the use of force by police officers," Clinton says. "We'll make it clear when deadly force is warranted and when it is not, and emphasize proven methods for de-escalating situations."

23:16

Dallas Mayor Rawlings says authorities believe that Micah Johnson was "the lone shooter". Rawlings says the city of Dallas is now safe.

22:48

The fourth and fifth slain police officers have been identified as Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens.

Smith, 55, had joined Dallas Police force in 1989. The 26-year veteran father-of-two had previously served as a US Army Ranger, according to KFDM.

Ahrens died of complications following surgery, according to The Washington Post. The 14-year veteran leaves behind a wife and two children, a 10-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.

22:09

The Dallas PD has released an update regarding investigation into Thursday's attack. The department announced it has interviewed more than 200 officers and that at least 12 officers discharged their duty weapons during the attack.

Dallas Police confirmed the identity of the gunman as 25-year-old Micah Johnson, who had no prior criminal history. Johnson, who was described as a "loner," reportedly searched information on Fahed Hassen and Richard Griffin, a writer who embraced a radical form of Afrocentrism.

"During the search of the suspect's home, detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. Detectives are in the process of analyzing the information contained in the journal," the statement said.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Waller was also arrested for unrelated weapons charges at the scene, the department said.

21:57

More on the Tennessee Highway shooting: The man accused of shooting at cars on a Tennessee Highway told officers he was angry about police violence against African Americans. The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Lakeem Keon Scott. One woman was killed and three others were injured, including a police officer. Scott was also injured in the shooting and remains hospitalised. He has not been charged. The shooting occurred around 2.20am on Thursday (7 July).

h/t NBC News

21:47

A Facebook page belonging to a "black power group" has claimed responsibility for the Dallas shooting and threatened more attacks by its "assassins". The claims made by Black Power Political Organisation Facebook account have not been verified by authorities and Dallas Police have not confirmed any political link to the shootings. The page has since been removed from Facebook.

BPPO post
The Black Power Political Organisation account posted this to Facebook in the hours following the shootingFacebook

Read more in our story here.

21:11

The NYPD has reportedly denied GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's request to speak to officers during a 3pm EDT/9pm BST roll call at the NYPD Midtown North Precinct.

"Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, and not to provide photo ops," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters. "If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we're doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would very happy to brief her on what we're doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates."

However, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied a request was ever made. "Mr. Trump and the campaign did not reach out with a request to address roll call," she said.

h/t The NY Daily News

20:49

More on the gunman: The White House says investigators have ruled out any connection to a terrorist organisation. Local law enforcement believe the shooter, Micah Johnson, acted alone during the shooting.

20:30

One of the civilians injured during the shooting was identified as Shetamia Taylor. According to the BBC, Taylor was shielding her four sons when she was shot. Taylor is recovering in the hospital.

20:15

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick slammed protesters of Thursday night's rally as "hypocrites" during an interview on Fox News. "All those protesters last night, they turned around and ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to protect them. What hypocrites!" he said.

Patrick blamed Black Lives Matter protesters for the violence against police and said he supported police. "I do blame people on social media with their hatred toward police," he said. "I do blame former Black Lives Matter protests. .... This has to stop."

The lieutenant governor went on to claim that if the violence against police did not stop, then police will stop working to protect citizens.

h/t Dallas News

19:44

Breaking: Investigators say man opened fire on Tennessee highway because he was troubled by recent incidents involving police, blacks.

h/t The Associated Press

19:42

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich —who reportedly is on the shortlist for Donald Trump's VP — took to Facebook Live to talk about race and recent police shootings with liberal commentator Van Jones.

"It took me a long time and a number of people talking to me over the years to begin to get a sense of this: If you are a normal, white American, the truth is you don't understand being black in America and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk," Gingrich said.

He added later, "We've got to rethink what it means to be American and how we function together as an extended family."

h/t The Hill

19:19

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus released a statement noting: "We are better than racial division, senseless violence, and feelings of lost hope."

Read his full statement blow:

Last night's disturbing and cold-blooded violence in Dallas, resulting in the deaths of five brave police officers and the wounding of seven more, was an ugly continuation of a week of tragedies which have shaken our country. It is devastating to see those who wake up every day to protect us senselessly gunned down in the line of duty. Our hearts break for the families of these slain officers as well as the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try and put their lives back together. All life is precious and it grieves us to see it lost in the many ways it has been this week. All of these tragedies need to be investigated and justice needs to be served in an open and transparent way.

It is deeply troubling what is happening in our country, and this dark and divided time must come to an end. We must seek understanding with one another, and work as one nation to prevail over injustice in all its forms. Americans want to see our differences resolved in non-violent ways.

We commend law enforcement officers around the country for serving their communities and putting their lives on the line every single day. The sacrifices they make to maintain law and order allow us to enjoy the freedoms we are so privileged to have in this country. We honor the daily calling of police officers across the nation who represent the shield with professionalism, fairness, and restraint, and we express the highest gratitude for their service.

Now is a time when we must come together as Americans. We are better than racial division, senseless violence, and feelings of lost hope. Now is the time for strong leadership that includes everyone in the same, shared vision of the American Dream. In every era, America has shown an extraordinary capacity to rise above even the bleakest tragedies. Let us work together, let us heal together, and let us stay together.

18:57

Law enforcement officials in Boston are being warned about potential threats made against the Boston PD. An internal memo says a number of threats are being evaluated and urged officers to exercise caution both on and off duty. Earlier in the day, the department announced patrols would be conducted in pairs.

h/t WCVB

18:44

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a tearful news conference on Friday as they renewed their calls for gun control. Black members of Congress called the suspected gunman a "terrorist" and slammed Republicans for not taking up gun control legislation.

"I would have to say today is the angriest I've ever been while addressing the public and the media. And I share the anger of our young kids. When we look at this Congress, we can do nothing but conclude they are co-conspirators in the de-valuation of the lives of men and women of colour," Representative Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat, said.

Richmond was joined by Representatives John Lewis, who led the House sit-in two weeks ago, Robyn Kelly and others.

Representative GK Butterfield added: "We are continuing our fight to remove guns from the hands of would-be terrorists and criminals and require background checks for those seeking to purchase firearms. We need legislative action now!"

h/t CNN

18:30
michael krol
Michael KrolWayne Sheriff's County

Another of the five Dallas police officers fatally shot has been named.

Michael Krol, from Michigan, joined the Dallas Police Department in 2007 and had previously worked in the Wayne County Sheriff's Office jails from 2003.

Krol, 40, was a former resident of Redford Township, according to Detroit News.

In a statement, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said: "We are saddened by the loss of the dedicated officers in Dallas - one of whom was a former member of this agency - and also the wounding of the other officers."

18:20

Dallas Police Chief David Brown has been speaking to crowds of supporters gathering in the city's Thanksgiving Square. He said the suspects carried out a "well planned, well thought out [and] evil" attack.

Thanking those who sent their support, he told the crowd: "We need citizens to show us they appreciate their sacrifice [...] My officers are going to need counselling for a very long time."