An hours long shootout beginning yesterday in Dallas ended early morning Friday. Three suspects are now in custody (two men and one woman) with the fourth dead.
At least two snipers opened fire in Dallas during the Black Lives Matter march Thursday night. Five officers have been reported dead, seven officers injured, and two civilians injured.
Local news had reported the fourth suspect shot himself. However, Dallas Police Chief David Brown informed reporters of another story.
According to CNN, Brown said the suspect was eventually killed by a bomb that authorities detonated.
The suspect engaged in the standoff had informed negotiators earlier he intended to hurt more officers. He informed them that the “end is coming”, and he was going to hurt and kill more law enforcement officials. He also mentioned there were bombs planted all over the garage and in downtown Dallas.
So far, police have only secured a suspicious package.
Why did he do it?
The suspect commented he wanted to kill white people- especially officers. He was discouraged with Black Lives Matter, according to the negotiator. He was upset about the police shootings, white people, and reportedly acted alone. He claimed he had no affiliation with any terrorist group.
He did inform the police that they would eventually find the IEDs.
Also, the suspect claims that he acted alone, and appeared to indicate more of a recent displeasure over recent incidents. However, according to retired FBI Special Agent Steve Moore, an attack of that magnitude must have required advance work.
Moore told CNN the attack must have been pre-planned waiting for an opportunity to go. He said that there was “so much logistically ammunition-wise”. They may not have planned where the event would transpire, or the vantage point. However he surmised that the shooting was prepared in advance.
The Other Suspects
One suspect had been in a shootout with SWAT officers is in custody, and a person of interest surrendered. Police say suspects are not cooperating with officials.
Police are additionally questioning occupants of a Mercedes which was pulled over after speeding off on a downtown street. The man threw a camouflaged bad inside the back of the car. The two from inside the Mercedes are in custody, and another woman is detained near a downtown garage.
Last night’s gunfire erupted around 8:45 on Thursday during the protest. The protest was reportedly peaceful. It was to protest the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Both attacks were captured live using mobile phone video, and the St. Paul incident was Live Streamed.
Thought: if we love God, then should we disrespect authority? The answer is no, but we should definitely pray for our law enforcement. Pray to have those who are corrupt removed. Pray God opens the eyes to those that are truly biased- expose them. Pray for protection for police- these are our most powerful weapons. Let God deal with them, as He sees everything.
However, when we take things into our own hands, we are playing “god” in effect. Scripture is clear on murder. Either way killing someone is cutting short God’s purpose and plan for them.
It is also time that we stop seeing people (on both sides) by the color of their skin, and begin to see the individual. There are good and bad in every race, but when we profile, we stop seeing the individual and start focusing on the outer appearance. This is when justice breaks down.
Jesus didn’t see people via color, religion or sin. God is no respecter of persons. Should we be?
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