the end of the night on July 7, 2016 five Dallas cops would be dead.
Fathers and husbands and brothers and sons, some of them cut down from behind
before they had a chance to fight. Nine more cops and two civilians would be
The shootings — just down the
street from the city’s other notorious shooting, 53 years earlier — would
traumatize Dallas, thrusting it into the anguished national argument about race
and justice. News people would storm in from around the world, trying to make
sense of what made no sense.
But first, in the darkness and
chaos, a small group of elite cops had to gear up and get the shooter. This is
the first full account of what happened inside El Centro College that night.
It is based on documents,
photographs and dozens of hours of interviews with the police officers who
tracked down the gunman, engaged him in a fierce gun battle, negotiated with
him and meticulously planned and carried out his death.
"Standoff" from The
Dallas Morning News isthe first full account of what happened inside El Centro College
on July 7, 2016.