MISSING: Family, friends searching for Anthony Gurley, missing since Sept. 18


Anthony “Miss Celie” Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18.

Family and friends of Anthony Gurley — aka “Miss Celie” — have asked that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact family members or Dallas police.

According to reports, Gurley’s sister saw him on Sunday, Sept. 18, as he left his home in Anna, Texas to drive to Dallas for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. That was the last time anyone saw or spoke with him.

Anyone who has any information on Gurley’s whereabouts is asked to call 214-901-3976 or 214-310-2541, or to call Dallas Police Department’s missing persons unit at 214-671-4268.

—  Tammye Nash

Officer in Robert Moore’s photo to be interviewed on local news tonight

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Dallas PoliceOfficer JD Smith, photo taken by Robert Moore during the ambush that killed five officers and wounded 7 other officers and two civilians.

We’ve just received word that Officer JD Smith, the Dallas Police officer in Robert Moore’s photos taken during the July 7 ambush shooting downtown, will be interviewed on local news broadcasts at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 18), on Channel 5, the local NBC affiliate, and Channel 11, the local CBS affiliate.

Robert Moore, former publisher and owner of Dallas Voice, was invited by Dallas PD to participate in the interviews, but was across the Trinity in Fort Worth and wasn’t able to get back to Dallas in time to participate.

You can read Officer Smith’s interview with Channel 5 here now.

—  Tammye Nash

Just making sure ….

Onyx is backing the blue in Dallas and the blue is backing Onyx.

(Photo by Officer Jeremy Borders)


—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS: Images from the Memorial Service for fallen officers in Dallas

Read David Taffet’s account of the service here, and watch the Friday, July 15 issue of Dallas Voice for more details.

Photos by Tammye Nash

—  Tammye Nash

Shooter identified


DART officer Brent Thompson

Dallas police identified the shooter killed in the El Centro parking garage as Micah X. Johnson.

Police said he told negotiators he wanted “to kill white people, especially white officers.” He was not affiliated with any group or terrorist organization, but angry about recent police shootings in other cities, as far as police know at this point in the investigation. He was in the Army Reserves as a junior officer.

Of all police departments in major U.S. cities, DPD has the lowest rate of officer-involved shootings.

No information has been released about the DPD officers who were killed and injured, but DART has given out names of their officers shot and information about the officer killed.

The three DART officers who were shot and are expected to recover from their injuries are Omar Cannon, 44, Misty McBride, 32, and Jesus Retana, 39.

The officer killed, Brent Thompson, 43, was married two weeks ago. His wife, Emily, is also a DART officer and was not on duty last night.

People will gather at Thanksgiving Square at noon for a service to remember the slain officers.

—  David Taffet

Streets closed downtown, 12th officer reported shot

downtown mapIf you work downtown, you are asked to stay home. Streets in downtown Dallas closed include a 25-square block area — everything from Houston to Griffin streets and Ross Avenue to Jackson Street. No traffic will be allowed until further notice.

A 12th officer and a second civilian was reported shot. The death toll remains at five.

Chief Brown corrected information reported overnight. The suspect that died in the El Centro parking garage died as a result of the bomb squad robot detonating a bomb near him.

According to Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell, one of the DART officers injured worked for partner benefits with his husband in 2013 when DART was resisting covering gay and lesbian officers equally with straight officers.

LGBT Police liaison Laura Martin was assigned to the demonstration. She worked throughout the night and will be back at work a little later this morning, but she reports she is safe.

—  David Taffet

PHOTOS: Robert Moore’s photos get national attention


Former Dallas Voice owner/publisher Robert Moore spent about two hours last Thursday night, July 7, crouched behind a car with a Dallas Police officer as a sniper with a semi-automatic rifle rained gunfire down on officers and civilians after a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest.

We published Moore’s early account of the experience here (you can read it below, too). By Friday, photos Moore took during those two hours — the one above and three others below — had gone viral, catching the attention of media around the world.

Here’s what Moore told Dallas Voice senior news writer David Taffet on Thursday:

Former Dallas Voice Publisher Robert Moore was at the demonstration. He said he saw the shots fired and saw one of the officers go down.
Moore said he scrambled behind a car. Officers were shouting, “He’s elevated. He’s elevated.”
Along with two officers, Moore said he moved to the other side of the car. He remained crouched behind the car with two officers on one side and an officer with an automatic weapon on the other. While most people were on the perimeter, Moore was trapped in the middle with police.
Tactical officers and armored vehicles showed up on the scene. Officers began looking for bombs, which they suspected the shooters might have left as well.
Moore said he was trapped for about two hours, until they were cleared and he could leave the scene.

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—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Man initially thought to be a suspect has been released


Mark Hughes has been released and no longer appears to be a suspect in the shootings in downtown Dallas

Mark Hughes, the man in the photo released Thursday evening as a possible suspect in the shooting that happened in downtown Dallas, has been released and is no longer believed to have been involved.

Mark Hughes is the brother of, Cory Hughes, one of the men who organized the peaceful protest. Cory Hughes has said that Mark, who was carrying an assault rifle, was demonstrating his right to carry a firearm. Immediately after the shootings, Cory got Mark to turn the gun over to police to avoid any problems. That happened before police released the photo of Mark, wearing camo and carrying a rifle.

After police released that photo and asked the public to help find him, Mark Hughes turned himself into police. He has now been released and no longer appears to be a suspect in the shooting.

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Police negotiating with suspect in El Centro garage

Chief David O. Brown

Chief David Brown

Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference at 12:35 a.m. that negotiators are talking to a suspect in the El Centro parking garage. They have exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The suspect said to police, “The end is near,” and told negotiators bombs are “all over downtown Dallas.” The suspect is threatening to kill more officers.

Brown said several people are in custody, but police aren’t comfortable that they know everyone involved.

Brown said that a woman who was in the area near the parking garage is in custody and is being questioned, and that two people who were carrying bags and left the area of the shootings in a car were stopped near Polk and 67 and have been taken into custody.

Mayor Mike Rawlings are asking that everyone stay away from the crime scene in downtown. Check DallasCityNews.net before going into the downtown area. Much of the area will remain closed off as it remains an active crime scene.

Rawlings said, “It is a heartbreaking morning, to lose these four officers, that proudly served… . We as a city, we as a country, must come together, lock arms and heal the wounds that we all feel from time to time. Words matter, leadership matters. I am proud of our chief.”

No answers yet as to who these shooters are, why they did this, Chief Brown said. “We’re waiting for the suspects to break and let us know what they’re doing,” he said. He also suggested that the way that the suspects positioned themselves indicated “some prior knowledge” as to what route the protest march would take.

Brown and Rawlings left the press conference to visit officers and family at Baylor and Parkland hospitals.

Reporters are talking with family members of the civilian who was injured. The woman, whose last name is Taylor, was attending the protest with her four sons. When the shooting started, they started running. She was shot in the right calf and is in surgery now. She managed to shield on of her sons from the gunfire, but the other three ran in different directions. One was taken to a friend or family member’s apartment. The other two remain locked inside one of the nearby buildings.

Students at El Centro College are still been held inside buildings because the campus has been on lock-down with the active shooter on campus in the parking garage. Passengers are also been held at the downtown Dallas Greyhound Bus Station.

—  David Taffet