Texas police kill 4 in sniper attack
ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) – Texas police on Thursday killed four people and wounded another 10 after an ambush in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, police said.
The Dallas police officer who opened fire in the early hours of Thursday was killed by a sniper’s bullet and the others were wounded in a shootout, police spokesman John Cannon said.
A second officer who was in the area also died, Cannon said, adding that all four victims were “non-combatant” officers.
A witness told local media that he saw a car and a vehicle in a parking lot before a white SUV drove past him.
The officer, who is from a high-ranking police department in Dallas, had been on a routine patrol when he spotted a white vehicle in the parking lot, and the driver and two passengers were armed with handguns and rifles, Cannon told a news conference.
The shooter opened fire at least once, killing the officer, Cannon added.
The officers, who are all black, were all in their early 20s, and they were wearing body armor.
Cannon said the shooting had occurred during a “sophisticated ambush” that the officer was investigating.
“This was a very sophisticated ambush,” Cannon said of the ambush.
“We are investigating that as a terrorist attack.”
The shooting took place at around 3:30 a.m. local time (1830 GMT), just days after a white car driven by a man who police later identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, killed five Dallas police officers and injured nine others at a protest against the death of black man Michael Brown.
Johnson is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
A bystander identified as Tanishia McBride told the Dallas Morning News she saw the gunman driving through the park and then speeding away.
She said she was trying to get away when he fired three shots into the air, hitting her in the head and chest.
“The first shot hit me in the face and it bounced off of my shirt,” McBride said.
“Then it went straight up my arm and my head.”
Another witness, who identified herself as a cousin, told local television that she saw a man run over to a car with the car’s windows down and start shooting.
The witness, identified as Deonnie Moore, said he heard several gunshots and then saw the suspect firing more shots.
“He started to run over, I saw him go by a car.
He shot the car right in front of him,” Moore said.
Authorities said the suspect drove away and was later captured by officers.
“It was not a lone-wolf attack.
It was a sophisticated attack,” Cannon told reporters.”
I’m not going to speculate.
I’m just telling you, there were multiple suspects.”
A police car was parked at a nearby apartment complex.
Cannon said he did not know if the vehicle had been tampered with.
Authorities later arrested a white male who was driving the SUV.
He was charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and weapons charges, Cannon declined to say.
Police said they believed the gunman was planning to carry out another attack.
“We are working diligently to identify additional suspects, including possible associates, in this incident,” Cannon added, without elaborating.
Johnson, who was also white, was killed in the shootout.
The shootings follow a string of shootings in Texas, including one on Monday in which a man was shot and killed in Austin by a police officer.
In August, a gunman killed three officers and wounded six others at the University of Texas at Austin campus, prompting widespread protests.
The shooting came two weeks after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a concert by country music singer Jason Aldean in Orlando, Florida.
A gunman opened fired at the concert, killing at least 49 people, many of them children.