(ABC News – Dallas, TX) Eleven police officers were shot ambush-style, including four fatally, in Dallas Thursday night by at least two snipers, amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Police Department.
No suspects were in custody and police said that the suspects may have threatened to plant a bomb in the downtown area. Police said there were negotiating with one shooter in a parking garage.
Chaos erupted just before 9 p.m. when a pair of snipers in elevated positions opened fire on officers, who were protecting protesters, police said.
Some of the 11 officers were shot in the back, police said, adding that one civilian was wounded.
In an earlier statement, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that two of the officers were in surgery and three in critical condition.
Police said the suspects were situated on two different perches or garages, with a plan to kill as many law enforcement officers as possible.
This is a developing story.