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Dallas Police Post Photo of Person of Interest in Shooting That Left at Least 12 Officers Shot, 5 Dead (UPDATE: Person of Interest Released)
People rally in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, July 7, 2016 to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Black motorist Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker, was shot at close range by a Minnesota cop and seen bleeding to death in a graphic video shot by his girlfriend that went viral Thursday, the second fatal police shooting to rock America in as many days.
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Dallas Police Post Photo of Person of Interest in Shooting That Left at Least 12 Officers Shot, 5 Dead (UPDATE: Person of Interest Released)

"An intensive search" for suspects is underway.

UPDATE 8:38 a.m. ET: Mark Hughes, brother of Dallas protest organizer Cory Hughes, was released from police custody shortly after 1 a.m. Friday after turning himself in to police Thursday night, KTVT-TV reported.

“I just got out of the interrogation room for about 30 minutes with police officers lying, saying they had video of me shooting, which is a lie,” Hughes told CBS 11 News live on the air. “That they have witnesses saying I shot a gun, which is a lie. I mean, at the end of the day, the system is trying to get me.”

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Cory Hughes stated, hours earlier, that his brother, who had been walking around with a rifle, did not shoot anyone. Just after doing a live interview with CBS 11 News, Cory Hughes went to talk to the Dallas Police Department and, not much longer after that, Mark Hughes turned himself in to authorities.

UPDATE: The man identified as a "person of interest" by the Dallas Police Department turned himself into authorities without incident on Thursday night.

A man claiming to be the man's brother told NBC DFW that the man turned himself to show police he was not involved in the Dallas shooting that left at least five officers dead.

Video originally posted on Facebook appeared to show the man voluntarily turning over his rifle to police.


The Dallas Police Department released a photo of a "person of interest" in a shooting during a downtown protest Thursday that left at least five officers dead and seven more cops injured.

The man seen in the photo, first called a "suspect," was reportedly involved in the protest Thursday night. However, he seemingly appears in a video reportedly taken during the aftermath of the shooting. It is legal to open carry a rifle in Texas.

The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

"An intensive search" for suspects was underway, it said. No one was in custody.

The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was purportedly livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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