President Barack Obama condemned the killing of five police officers and the wounding of several others in Dallas, Texas on July 7 (video below).
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” Obama said, according to CNN. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held accountable. Justice will be done.”
On the evening of July 7, a sniper ambushed police officers who had been standing guard during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration. Eleven officers were shot, and five of them later died.
The presumed gunman, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, threatened to set off explosives around the city during negotiations with law enforcement. He was killed by an explosive robot piloted by police, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Johnson had no criminal record but was a gun enthusiast. The suspect had expressed anger over police killings of black men and told authorities he was not affiliated with any organization.
It is not clear who else may have been involved in the attack.
Speaking from Poland, where he has been attending a NATO summit, the president characterized the Dallas ambush as a “vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement.”
Obama called for Americans to reflect on the danger that law enforcement officials undergo to serve and protect.
“Our police have an extraordinarily difficult job, and the vast majority of them do their job in an outstanding fashion,” Obama said. “Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us.”
The president added, “We are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and police department in Dallas.”
Obama asked for Americans to focus on the victims of the families, adding “They are heartbroken ... We are grieving with them.”
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump released statements on the event through social media.
“I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve them,” Clinton tweeted.
“Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country,” Trump said on Twitter.
The Dallas shooting marks the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the 9/11 terror attacks.
The names of three of the five officers killed have been released: Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson, Dallas Officer Patrick Zamarripa and Officer Michael Krol, according to KDFW.