KPD Chief remarks on Dallas shootings

Police and others gather at the emergency entrance to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where several police officers were taken after shootings Thursday, July 7, 2016.. (AP Photo/Emily Schmall)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Five people are dead and six are injured after a shooting overnight in Downtown Dallas.

Four snipers shot at police during a protest over recent shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Twelve officers were shot during the incident. Five officers died and two civilians was injured.

Crowds ran when gunfire started. Police believe the snipers were shooting from above the protest in a parking garage.

Three of the suspects are in custody. One died of a self-inflicted gun wound.

Related: Police: 5 officers dead, 6 hurt in Dallas protest shooting

Knoxville Police Department released a statement on the attacks.

“The events that have unfolded this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and now Dallas, Texas, are very disturbing to say the least.  The loss of lives has been devastating. We are saddened for all who have been impacted and they are in our thoughts and prayers. As the separate investigations move forward we anticipate many unanswered questions will be thoroughly addressed.”

KPD Chief David Rausch spoke to WATE 6 On Your Side. “These tragedies are really sad and difficult,” said Rausch.

Knoxville Police’s Training Academy helps officers learn how to maintain peace. The academy is considered to be one of the best in the country.

Rausch said, “We understand that there are gonna be emotions, and what we look for is for the calm, understanding that it’s not our community that it’s happening, but it certainly is something that will impact us as we watch what unfolds throughout the nation.”

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