Around midnight Thursday, after a sniper (later identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson) killed five police officers and wounded six other officers and two civilians, the Dallas Police Department tweeted a photo of Hughes, describing him as a suspect and asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.
During an overnight news conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown described Hughes, without naming him, as “a person of interest who witnesses at the scene say was involved in the shooting.” The department later tweeted that the person of interest had turned himself in. Hughes was released a short time later.
The Hughes brothers claim Mark Hughes was held for 30 minutes before he was released.
Hughes said police questioned him about why he wanted to shoot officers, adding that they told him witnesses saw him firing the rifle. That “is a lie,” Hughes said.
Hughes told CBS 11 that he was “defamed” by police. His identification as a person of interest has resulted in “thousands” of death threats on Facebook, he added.