Shooters killed five officers during protests against police in downtown Dallas, marking it the deadliest single attack on law enforcement since September 11, 2001.
Below are reactions from Texas officials on the shooting.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening. I've spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time. In times like this we must remember - and emphasize - the importance of uniting as Americans."
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
“In the midst of a peaceful protest, tragedy shook the city of Dallas last night. I mourn the loss of the officers who were shot while protecting those demonstrating. I pray for their families, for the civilians who were injured, and for the entire Dallas community.
This has been a very painful week for our nation. Love and respect are vital to our country’s healing. Now is a time to come together, to talk to one another, and to pray for one another as we strive for understanding and peace.”
My thoughts and prayers are with the law enforcement officers in Dallas who have been shot and injured tonight.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 8, 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:
"The men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the officers of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) selflessly run into harm’s way to protect the lives of others. Tonight, we mourn the loss of four of their brothers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these officers and their families, and to those who have been injured. My office is in close contact with the local authorities on the ground and we will be offering to provide whatever support we can to help in assisting the victims and bringing the perpetrators to justice. I encourage anyone with information about the suspects to contact the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-3482.
May God protect our fallen heroes and bring peace upon the City of Dallas."
Men & women of law enforcement selflessly run into harm's way to save the lives of others. May God protect them and bring peace upon Dallas.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 8, 2016
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18):
“While Dallas Police officers were doing their sworn duty in the midst of a peaceful protest in the city of Dallas, eleven police officers were shot down in the streets and four officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. There is no excuse for this violent act against law enforcement and the many innocent peaceful protesters in downtown Dallas that occurred last night. My hope is that the perpetrators of this violent act will be apprehended and be swiftly brought to justice. My heart and prayers go out to the families of the deceased officers and I wish a speedy recovery to the other injured officers. Any protest of any kind must be non-violent. We must draw together and stand in complete opposition to the unprovoked attacks on our law enforcement officers. Together, we must unite and fight violence with non-violence and peace.”
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau:
"We are shocked and saddened by the events that occurred in Dallas. Our hearts and prayers go to the family and friends of those officers who lost their lives. We stand ready to offer our support in any way needed. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is not aware of any credible threats here, but our deputies are on alert and remain vigilant."
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus:
"We are saddened by what appears to be a planned and coordinated attack targeting police officers in Dallas. Our hearts go out to the officers, their families and the Dallas community who have been affected by this horrific attack. This tragedy hits close to home and we are monitoring the situation as it unfolds. This is a sobering reminder to our officers that they must constantly remain vigilant. We also ask all citizens to be watchful and report any suspicious activity. Our Fusion center is providing updates and safety bulletins to our officers in the field as they become available. Officer and citizen safety is my number one priority and we must continue to work together as a community to ensure that we are all protected."