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Dallas police chief: 11 officers shot, 5 dead after protest

Update 2:57 a.m.: The Dallas Police Association announced early Friday morning on Twitter that another officer had died, bringing the total officers dead to five. The Dallas Police Department later confirmed the news, also via Twitter. Four were Dallas Police Department officers and one was with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Our original story appears below.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said 11 police officers were apparently shot by at least two snipers Thursday night, and four officers have died.

Two of the officers are in surgery, and three are in critical condition; one of the deceased officers was from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit police. One civilian was also wounded. Brown said the snipers shot the officers from an elevated position, and the Dallas Police Department tweeted out a photo of a person of interest. Brown also said the suspects threatened to plant a bomb in downtown Dallas.

The shooting took place at the end of a peaceful protest against officer-involved shootings. The demonstrators met at Belo Garden Park, then marched to Old Red Courthouse, with the rally ending at around 9 p.m. Before Thursday night, no Dallas police officer had been killed in the line of duty since 2009.