Dallas bishop urges prayers after five police officers are shot dead




Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has urged prayers for peace after five police officers were shot dead in the city during a protest against recent police killings.

Bishop Farrell tweeted: “#Dallas is in shock right now – the senseless violence is heartbreaking. Please pray for healing and peace.”

Snipers started shooting from ‘elevated positions’ surrounding a protest last night in a co-ordinated attack that left five dead and six other police officers wounded.

The police reportedly have three people in custody and are negotiating with a fourth. The fourth suspect has engaged in gunfire with police from a garage at El Centro, a community college, in downtown Dallas.

In a separate tweet Bishop Farrell said: “In our grief, we turn to God for strength – ‘LORD, you are a strength for your people.’ (Psalms 28:8)”.

“Dallas mourns tonight,” he said.

The protest had been provoked by the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men shot dead by police this week.





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