On Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in an ambush by a sniper after a peaceful rally in Dallas against police violence.
The “Black Lives Matter” protesters are demonstrating across the United States after after two black men were killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, was killed by white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while Philando Castile was fatally shot on Wednesday night by a police officer in a incident in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The suspect was identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, and according to the police, he was “a loner”.
According to ABC News, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the suspected gunman does not appear to have any “links to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization.”
The standoff began at 8:45 PM when the first gunfire was heard, which people first thought was fireworks.
At around 9:35 PM, the first police officer was shot dead by the suspect who was later killed using a bomb robot after midnight.
At 3:35 AM the next day, the police confirmed that the stand off has ended.
The five police officers who were killed in the overnight stand off were, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith.