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Multiple snipers have reportedly taken the lives of five Dallas police officers this week in the wake of two black men being slain by law enforcement days prior.

According to reports, the deadly fire took place last night (July 7) in downtown Dallas.

Shooters killed five officers at a protest over police violence in downtown Dallas, sending screaming crowds scrambling for shelter and spurring an investigation into who was behind the ambush. The deadly gunfire erupted in Dallas on Thursday night as videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country. (CNN)

President Barack Obama has since spoken out on the fatal shootings.

President Barack Obama, who was in Warsaw, Poland, for a NATO meeting, condemned the “vicious, callous and despicable attack.” “I believe I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas,” the president said. (NBC 5)

One of the suspects has reportedly been killed following a standoff with police.

One of the suspects had engaged in a standoff for several hours with police, but a Dallas city official announced around 3:30 a.m. that it was over. That suspect is now dead, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “Our explosives took him down,” he told “Good Morning America” today. “He was cornered in a garage and wouldn’t give up and we sent in explosives for that.” (ABC News)

Various celebrities have since come forward with reactions.