Indiana leaders speak out after Dallas shootings

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Emergency responders administer CPR to an unknown patient on a stretcher as law enforcement officials stand nearby at the emergency receiving area of Baylor University Medical Center, early Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Indiana officials are speaking out in the wake of the Dallas shootings in which five police officers were killed and seven more were injured on Thursday night.

“Our condolences and prayers go out to the families of the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the horrific ambush in Dallas last night. This cowardly attack is a national tragedy and the hearts of every Hoosier are in Dallas today,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said.

Pence called the shooting “a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the men and women of our law-enforcement community take every day to protect and serve our communities.”

“In the wake of this tragedy, we must be clear that violence and threats against law enforcement officers will never be tolerated and ensure that our police have the training and resources to defend themselves as they defend our communities,” he said.

“Our hearts also go out to the families of those who lost their lives in police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.”

Pence said Hoosiers should think about how to build bridges to people in need while standing with officers who protect and serve communities.

John Gregg, the Democratic challenger in the 2016 governor’s race, also extended thoughts and prayers to the victims and victims’ families of the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas.

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) called for Americans to come together to overcome divisiveness across the country.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) extended prayers to everyone in Dallas.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) echoed Walorski’s sentiments.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that action and unity are needed to help stop violence.

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