UPDATED: CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield addressed the controversy surrounding her after she called the gunman accused of opening fire at the Dallas Police Department “courageous and brave” on Saturday, explaining the incident on her show on Sunday.
“During a segment on the Dallas Police Department Attack, I used the words ‘courageous and brave’ when discussing the gunman,” she said on air. “I misspoke and in no way believe the gunman was courageous, nor brave.”
Whitfield made the comment on Saturday while discussing the incident with a CNN legal analyst.
“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement,” she said.
The comment immediately sparked outrage on social media. CNN’s Brian Stelter said via Twitter earlier on Sunday that Whitfield would apologize for the comment on her show.
The suspect, reported but not confirmed to be James Boulware, is believed to be dead after a standoff with police.