Former President George W. Bush said in a Friday statement that he and his wife, Laura, were "heartbroken" over the ambush of Dallas police officers Thursday night that left five officers dead and seven more wounded.
The Bushes live in Dallas.
"Laura and I are heartbroken by the heinous acts of violence in our city last night," the 43rd US president said. "Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities."
"Laura and I have seen firsthand the dedication, professionalism, and courage of the Dallas Police Department," he said. "Their commitment to safety and justice makes us proud to call Dallas home."
Snipers opened fire on police officers Thursday night near the end of a peaceful protest in the city. Protesters were demonstrating in the aftermath of the recent police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said two snipers staged the attack from "elevated positions" near the protests and that the department thought the attackers coordinated the ambush. Three people are in custody in connection with the ambush, and a fourth was killed by police after a lengthy standoff.
Brown added the suspect who was killed had told police he was "upset about Black Lives Matter" and the recent police-involved shootings. The police chief said the suspect told authorities he wanted to "kill white people, especially white officers."
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