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Four Dallas police officers dead after sniper fires on protest

Four Dallas officers are dead after sniper opens fire on protest crowd.
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UPDATE 3 (7/8/2016): Five police officers are now dead and seven remain injured. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said three suspects are in custody and a fourth one dead. AP reports that before the suspect died he stated he acted alone and was upset at the recent fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. 

Police have not released any details of the suspects at this time. 

UPDATE 2: Dallas police say they have one suspect is in custody and another person of interest has surrendered. 

UPDATE 1: The bomb squad was called to secure a suspicious package. 

DALLAS - The Associated Press is reporting that four police officers are dead and seven are injured after at least two snipers began shooting at a Dallas crowd protesting the recent fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both African American men.

The Dallas Police chief David O. Brown says two snipers shot the 10 officers from an “elevated position” during the mass protest.

Gunfire broke out about 8:45 (CST) on Thursday night when the mass of people lined the streets of downtown.

Live video of the march appeared on television and when the shots broke out the crowd scattered to seek protection.

Cities across the country have organized protests over the shootings of Sterling and Castile, both of their shootings were caught on video.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.