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the rally was great. and then next thing you know the man just walks by. he walks by you know looking normal. but he lets the rally go by. and next thing you know once he gets to the light, it just mayhem. he just starts shooting at the cops. >> get out of here! >> snipers target police in dallas. when the bullets stopped five officers were . dead seven more wounded and two civilians also hurt. and a suspect cornered by police told them he was acting alone. but can they be certain? the details keep changing as the investigation unfolds. thank you for joining us for a special edition of wusa9 9news now at noon. i'm mike hydeck. >> i'm andrea roane. dallas police chief david brown said we are hurting, our heards are broken. as he described how his officers ran towards the bullets to protect civilians and tried to present protestors d
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>> don champion is live in dallas, don? >> reporter: good afternoon. the usually bustling streets of downtown dallas have been replaced with crime scene tape and grief this midday. behind me is one of the many scenes investigators are combing over in this shooting that the police chief here called an atrocity. [ sirens ] at least one gunman ambushed police officers just after a peaceful protest was ending in downtown dallas. [ sound of gunfire ] the attack sent the crowd running for their lives. >> i was screaming run, run, run, active shooter, active shooter. >> reporter: 12 officers were hit and fellow rushed officers to their side. five of the officers died. >> we're hurting. our profession is hurting. >> reporter: two civilians were also injured.
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identified as micah johnson and negotiated with him for hours. johnson told police he was acting alone. >> he was upset about black lives matter. the suspect stated he wanted to kill white people especially white officers. >> reporter: the negotiations broke down with johnson and police got into a gunfight. officers then used a bomb attached to a robot to kill him. police have three other people in custody. much of the downtown area is a crime scene. a ten block area will remain closed today as police investigate. in poland overnight, president obama called the shooting despicable. >> there's no possible justification for these kinds of attacks. or any violence against law enforcement. >> reporter: the protest was one of several held across the country last night in the wake of two officer-involved shootings of black men in louisiana and minnesota. videos of both shootings went viral. the police ambush
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the deadliest day in law enforcement history since the 9/11 attacks. >> this must stop. this divisiveness between our police and our citizens. >> reporter: the city's police chief is asking for the nation's support. and this community is already coming together in the wake of this horrible tragedy. and about an hour, people will be gathering at a park not too far away from here for an interfaith prayer service as the police chief here put it this morning, we have to start healing wounds and not creating them. in dallas, i'm don champion, now back to you. >> don thank you very much. >> and as you heard don say, the police -- the mayor in dallas asked for all americans to join them in a moment of prayer. they're holding a prayer service there at noon at thanksgiving square. >> this tragedy in dallas is weighing heavy on police departments across the country including right here in d.c.. where the proo
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planned there's more of them here this weekend. >> absolutely, nikki burdine is watching that the tragic events again are causing this police department to take action to protect its officers at the demonstrations, nikki what are they doing? >> reporter: chief lanier woke up the morning and she was first shocked then heart broken but also worried about her officers. she knows they still have to be on the streets and they still have a lot of work to do. so they're taking extra precautions to keep them safe. >> we doubled up last night on midnights and stay that way until further notice. >> reporter: chief lanier ordered all officers be on two man crews and extra security is in place at all facilities. >> but it's hard not to be shaken up as a police officer when you watch the coverage of what happened last night. >> reporter: when five fellow officers were killed, the deadliest police event since 9/11 but they've always got a job to do. >> i also think our officers realize this is the act of you know violent offenders and not the act
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last night during a peaceful protest at the white house. deandre moore with the black lives matter movement led that march and he's hopeful future protests in the city will be peaceful also. >> there's no reason for us to go out and just kill innocent police -- that we don't even know. this could be the good guys and i don't agree with what happened in dallas last night. >> reporter: the chief is confident in his officers and her comment. >> we go -- community. >> we go out there and we do our jobs and we watch each other's back and we engage with each other in the community and believe it or not they watch our back as well. >> reporter: now i talked to several d.c. police officers and they told me off-camera that they do feel more vulnerable after what happened in dallas. they say this is just one more thing for them to worry about in the back of their minds. and it makes it more difficult for them to do their jobs. now the tragic events in dallas weigh heavily of course on police officers but also on the minds of ordinary people. some filled with mixed emotions for more on that let's go to mikea turner
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i've spoken with a number of people here in southwest d.c.. a lot of mixed emotions about this. pain, anger, frustration. even disappointment. one man calling the deaths of two black men earlier this week a one-two punch that's what he said it felt like. but he says the violence in response to both incidents is not the answer. >> we have to act in a way that's going to make a difference. we have to be peaceful. >> reporter: like so many others terry franklin is discurbed about the -- disturbed about the deaths of alton sterling in louisiana and philando castile in minnesota and now several police officers in texas. >> any heart was -- my heart was very heavy. just -- it's not the terrible. >> reporter: the heatings were shared by others close by in the district. >> i just said that it's got crazy now. >> i can't believe this is still going on. and we've got such a long way to go with race relations. it's really hard to take. >> it's been a tough week to kind of cope with everything. >> i
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but there needs to be some talking points. so that both sides of the story can be told. >> reporter: on tuesday, alton sterling was shot by a police officer outside after of a convenience store in baton rouge, louisiana. someone accused him of threating them with a gun and called police. sterling was later pinned tot ground and shot multiple times all caught on camera. on wednesday, philando castile was the victim of another police-involved shooting. castille was shot during a traffic stop in minnesota. his girlfriend who live streamed aftermath says he was reaching for his id and this after he told police about his licensed gun. castille died at the hospital. >> i really couldn't believe it. >> everybody's just got to take a deep breath and calm down. and think before they act. >> reporter: now people here aren't just talking about the problems. but pondering some solutions. one that includes more dialogue between the community and police. reporting live from southwest, mikea turner, wusa9.
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and recapping today's top story that shooting in dallas that killed five police officers. >> authorities aren't sure if they have identified everyone involved in the attack. during a peaceful protest over the police involved shootings in louisiana and minnesota. last night, 12 officers were shot and fiver killed in -- five were killed including a transit police officer. police killed one of the attackers during a standoff in a parking garage they say the killer 25-year-old micah xavier johnson told them he was angry over the shootings of african- americans by police. >> and our garrett haake is going to dallas so you can watch a series of his live reports on wusa9 news beginning at 5:00 today and of course when you are away from the television you can stay on top of the developments in dallas and all the breaking news just by downloading the free wusa9 app. and get the breaking news alerts and live updates anytime you want.
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the heat wave continues. temperatures are climbing into the 90s. and it feels like we are in the mid 90s out there right now. 90 in fact in d.c. and mid 90s,96 is what it feels like. it's hot and humid. but we're also tracking the potential for some thunderstorms later today. with the heat and humidity. look how it feels like 100 degrees in frederick already and it feels like 96 in manassas. but here's what i'm talking about for the yellow weather alert later this afternoon. and this evening. we're going to be tracking a broken line of storms moving in with a cold front they could put down some gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall and part of those storms will fall right during the evening commute. so for some of you, it will be wet which could slow down your commute home. doppler 9000 at the moment, a couple of showers up to the north and this is what we're watching the cloud cover out towards our west that will start to form some showers and thunderstorms. we'll time those out a little bit closer coming up and also always track it with the radar by
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our prayers and condolences -- >> you're looking at loretta lynch reacting to the shooting in dallas. let's listen many. >> including the fbi, atf and u.s. marshals service and the u.s. attorney's office on the scene is working closely with our state and local counterparts and we intend to provide any assistance that we can to investigate this attack. and also to help heal a community that has been severely shaken and deeply scarred by an unfathomable tragedy. this is an unfolding situation. we'll be providing additional information when it is available and appropriate. but more so, this has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss. the peaceful protest that was planned in dallas last night was organized in response to the tragic deaths of alton sterling in louisiana and philando castile in minnesota. now we've opened a civil rights investigation in louisiana and we are
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local authorities in minnesota who are leading the investigation there. and today, we are feeling the devastating loss of dallas area rapid transit officer brent thompson and four other fallen officers whose names remain unreleased as we await notification to all of the families. now after the events of this week, americans across our country are feeling a sense of helplessness of uncertainty and a fear. now these feelings are understandable and they are justed. but the answer -- justified. but the answer must not be violence. the answer is never violence. rather, the answer, our answer, all our answers, must be action. calm, peaceful, collaborative and determined action. we must continue working to build trust between communities and law enforcement. we must continue working to guarantee every person in this country equal justice under the law. and
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the ease with which wrong doers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency which they use them and we must refract on the kind of -- reflect on the kind of country we want to build and the kind of society that we are choosing to pass on to our children. and above all, we must reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the difficult work but the important work of vital work, of finding a path forward together. and above everything; we must remind ourselves that we're all americans. and that as americans, we shared not just a common land but a common life. not just common goals, but a common heart and soul. and those we've lost this week have come from different backgrounds and different neighborhoods but today they're mourned by officers, by residents, by family and friends, by men and women and children who loved them. who ed
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miss them always. they are mourned by all of us. to the families of all who have lost their lives in this series of tragedies, we share your pain and your loss. to our brothers and sisters who wear the badge, i want you to know that i am deeply grateful for the difficult and dangerous work that you do every day to keep our streets safe and our nation secure. our hearts are broken by this loss. and the department of justice will do all that we can to support you in the days ahead. to those who seek to improve our country through peaceful protests and protected speech, i want you to know that your voice is important. do not be discouraged by those who would use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence. we will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future. and to
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you, i implore you, do not let this week precipitate a new normal in this country. i ask you to turn to each other not against each other. as we move forward. let's support one another. let us help heal one another. and i urge you to remember, today and every day, that we are one nation. we are one people and we stand together. may god bless the families and the loved ones of all who were taken from us this week. and confident their grief -- comfort their grief with his everlasting grace and may god bless the united states of america. thank you. >> that was attorney general loretta lynch saying that assistance is on the way for the people in dallas and they want to help they will a community. >> a week of profound grief and heartbreak and leading the investigation into the death of alton sterling and assisting minnesota in the de
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>> in that situation. so right now, we want to -- take another look at what your saying -- you are saying about this on social media. let's go to nick who's been looking at that. >> reporter: yeah, andrea mike i'll tell you you know we listened in live a couple of hours ago within president obama called last night's ambush a vicious calculated and despicable attack on dallas police. well, now the two presumptive presidential nominees are weighing in on this. both on twitter as we queue up the tag board. donald trump for one of course actually canceled a campaign stop in miami because of this, he said -- as for hillary clinton, the democratic presidential nominee tweeting "i mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protestors for their families and all who serve with them." also seeing images posted from dallas police department this morning. this one really stuck out. you can see flowers resting on
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headquarters and the department tweeted thank you to the members of our community for your show of support during this difficult time. and it is support exactly what dallas police chief david brown had to say and was asking for this morning. when he said in a press conference, we don't feel much support most days. talking about police in general. he asked let's not make today most days. mike, andrea? >> a lot of people ralliesing around them nick. a dallas man incorrectly identified in the beginning of this investigation as a suspect in the police shooting is speaking out now his name mark hughes. he received death threats after police tweeted out a picture mistakenly asking for help in finding him. he talked about his ordeal with a local dallas television reporter. >> i just got out of the -- interrogation room for about 30 minutes. what police officers lying, saying they had video of me shooting. >> shooting a gun. >> which is a lie. saying that they have witnesses saying that i shot a gun which is a lie.
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day, it's -- the system -- the system was trying to get me. >> now hughes says he has still not received an apology from the police for misidentifying him in this. they're obviously pretty busy and probably do that. >> absolutely. >> there is not the first time the dallas police department has come under attack. >> you may remember just over a year ago when a man shot multiple round at dallas police headquarters and slammed into a squad car. deputy usa's ellen bryan was a reporter in dallas at the time and ellen? >> reporter: especially with the scout come from last flight's ambush. a big difference between the two. in the attack last june, and last year, there was just one suspect and they knew that early on. who went after dallas law enforcement attacking them at their headquarters downtown. [ sound of gunfire ] cell phone video captured the gun battle between a suspect, and officers outside of the dallas police headquarters in june of 2015 on e
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rammed his armored van into a police cruiser and fired more shots. >> he's going to hit that cop car. >> oh my god. >> reporter: police officers found several pipe bombs scattered around the headquarters. in 911 call, police say the shooter identified himself as james bowl ware. he ranted in the call about losing the custody of his son and said he had been accused of being a terrorist and he was going to blow law enforcement up. police cornered him in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the dallas suburb where a sniper killed him. concerned for their safety and possible explosives, police sent in a robot to clear the scene. which is when a fire broke out inside the van. the police chief brown said they barely survived the suspect's attempt thankful that no one husband injured -- was injured. now police spent the next few months cleaning up the busted windows trying to reinforce them and talked about making security stronger around their headquarters. today it's amazing and heart- breaking also to go back
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the hair raised on the back of his neck last year just thinking about what could have happened and how they had literally dodged bullets that day especially though when we compare it to the devastation that we saw overnight. ellen bryan, wusa9. okay, the weekend is just act here and -- about here and fortunately some relief eventually. definitely feel a lot nicer outside. >> not only the heat but also the humidity levels will finally be dropping. but before they do, it's hot and humid again once again today. and not only that, we've got a cold front which eventually brings some relief to the heat. but before it does, we're going to be tracking some showers and thunderstorms. later today. so there is a yellow weather alert it's going to be mid- afternoon through the early
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and feels like 96 and that's because of the humidity levels being really high. inside the beltway, we've got temperatures in chevy chase right now 95. white oak 86 decks but the factor humidity feels like 101 in college park and feels lick 104 in bethesda. it's certainly hot and it is certainly humid. couple of popup thunderstorms already in parts of pennsylvania but i want to zoom out and show you what is headed this way a little bit later. you noticed the severe thunderstorm watch in parts of kentucky that's right ahead of the cold front that is our game changer this weekend. this brings a drop in heat and humidity. the 80s return by sunday. but before they do, got to get through these thunderstorms. storm prediction center right now, highlighting most of our area accept for southern maryland a slight risk of severe weather. so storms that pop up this afternoon, they're going to be scattered in nature and not everybody gets a shower or storm but those who do get them going to get some gusty winds and so
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strong to severe criteria wind gusts and heavy rain expected as well. and i think for a lot of people in the metro area, this is going to come right on the -- starting point of evening commute. so if you're trying to head out from work early this evening, heads-up. there's going to be some thunderstorms around. now futurecast i think is underdoing it. i think a better coverage of should remember but right around 3:00 -- showers and storms but right at 3:00 in the western suburbs and 4:00 in the metro area and closer to 5:00 and 6:00, moving through prince george's county and down to southern maryland. then we'll see them clearing as we get past sunset this evening. so it's hot and humid through 3:00 p.m. then we'll be tracking those showers and storms some of them could become strong to severe but look at the cooldown behind it. tomorrow still hot. okay we're going to be around 95 degrees but the humidity levels drop off tomorrow. by sunday, we're down in the 80s. humidity levels are much lower and will stay in the 80s monday and tuesday. here's the next seven days. again, you can track the showers and storms later this afteoo
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before we go. one more look at today's top story. the attack in dallas that killed five police officers and hurt nine others. >> earlier this morning investigators say 25-year-old
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>> abby: paul. hey. um, thank you for letting me see him. >> paul: hey, abby. sure. as long as you have no plans to, uh, help the prisoner escape. >> abby: "the prisoner"? really? >> paul: that's what he is, abby. >> abby: he's also my father, and i've been worried sick about him. not to mention, he didn't leave the hospital to try to escape. he was going to rescue his wife. nikki and phyllis owe their lives to him. >> paul: that might very well be true.

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