DALLAS -- During the ambush in Dallas Thursday night in which snipers opened fire on law enforcement killing five officers and injuring seven more, Dallas police released a photograph on Twitter misidentifying an innocent man as a suspect.
The Dallas Police Department released a photograph of a man, later identified as Mark Hughes. The tweet read, “This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!”
According to CBS 11, Hughes is the brother of one of the protest organizers. He was marching, openly armed with a rifle, when the shooting broke out. In Texas, open carry of long guns is permitted, the Washington Post reports.
When Hughes saw his photo being circulated on social media, he immediately approached police and turned over his gun, the Post reports. He was later brought in and questioned by police.
UPDATE: "Person of interest" seen in photo circulated by Dallas police is not a suspect; lawyer confirms man has been released by police.
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“I just got out of the interrogation room for about 30 minutes with police officers lying, saying they had video of me shooting, which is a lie,” Hughes told CBS 11 News.
Hughes was released from custody early Friday morning, CBS 11 said.
As of Friday morning, Dallas police still had not deleted the tweet identifying Hughes as a suspect.