One of the gunmen suspected of fatally shooting five police officers in Dallas on July 7 during a protest against police brutality reportedly said he was upset about the recent shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana (video below).
According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the gunman told negotiators he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."
"The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter," Brown said. "He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. He said he was upset at white people. He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."
Brown added that the gunman said he was not affiliated with any other groups and that he "did this alone."
The gunman engaged in an overnight standoff with police and was eventually killed by police using a robot-controlled explosive device, Brown told reporters.
Nine other people were also injured during the shooting, including seven officers and two civilians, USA Today reports. Three of the officers are in critical condition after undergoing surgery on July 8.
"All I know is this must stop, this divisiveness must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Brown said.
The shooting reportedly marks the deadliest day for U.S. police officers since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Brown said at least three other people are currently in custody. It is not clear where the other suspects were arrested or how they are linked to the shootings.