Suspect in Dallas shooting identified; gunman wanted to ‘kill white people’
DALLAS, Texas – Police released more information Friday about the events leading up to the deaths of five police officers and the wounding of seven others and two civilians during a briefing.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said officers negotiated with one of the suspects for several hours. During the encounter, they learned the suspect was angry at “white people” and disillusioned with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The suspect wanted to “kill white people, especially police officers,” Brown said Friday morning. The suspect claimed no affiliation with any specific group.
Police identified the man as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, Mesquite, Texas, according to CNN, citing law enforcement sources. A law enforcement official said Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties. He had served in the U.S. Army Reserve, two U.S. officials said.
“All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Brown told reporters. “We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”
According to Brown, negotiations eventually broke down, and gunfire between the suspect and officers ensued.
“He expressed killing white people. He expressed killing police officers. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matters,” Brown said. “That’s what he said to our negotiators.”
Police put a bomb on a robot and steered it by remote control to the suspect’s location. The bomb was then detonated, killing Johnson and contradicting earlier reports that he killed himself.
During the search of the suspect’s home, detectives found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. Detectives are in the process of analyzing the information contained in the journal.
Brown said three other people were in custody but didn’t provide any additional details. He didn’t rule out the possibility that more arrests would follow in connection with the attack.
“I’m not going to be satisfied until we’ve turned over every stone. We’ve got some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting. But we’re not satisfied that we’ve exhausted every lead,” he told reporters Friday. “So if there’s someone out there who’s associated with this, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will bring you to justice.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also spoke Friday.
“We’ve been with families and have been trying to make sure the city is safe this morning,” Rawlings said.
Rawlings called for a prayer vigil at Dallas’ Thanksgiving Square at noon (1 p.m. Eastern). He asked for people around the nation to join together and pray for the officers and those affected by the shooting.