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Tragedy in Dallas

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When shots rang out as a peaceful march through downtown Dallas was ending on July 7, NBC 5 was on the frontline of a firefight that would end with five officers dead, several wounded and a city shattered and in shock.

NBC 5’s Cory Smith was covering the rally and launched a Facebook Live that captured the first moments after shots rang out. became information central and a special section was launched to house the stories of a peaceful protest that erupted into a fire fight, then the standoff with a lone gunman that ended in the wee hours of July 8.

On TV and on the website, mobile web and NBCDFW app, viewers were able to keep up to date on the latest details and live streams of news conferences throughout the following days.

NBC 5’s investigative team spent the next weeks digging into the profile of the gunman and revealed how Dallas police were the first American law enforcement agency to use a robot to deliver a deadly amount of C-4 explosive to end the standoff.

The following days were spent learning about the one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer and four Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty. Then as President Barack Obama and the nation mourned, provided live streams of the processions, memorials, and burials of the fallen officers.