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Published On: Fri, Jul 8th, 2016

Micah Xavier Johnson identified as sniper in Texas shooting, 5 officers killed

A North Texas Army veteran has been identified as the lone gunman responsible for the sniper attacks that killed five police officers and injured seven others in Dallas, authorities say. Two other civilians were also injured, all are expected to recover.

Micah Xavier Johnson, age 25, of Mesquite, ambushed officers at a protest against nationwide police-involved shootings on Thursday.

Micah Xavier Johnson

Micah Xavier Johnson

“This is a terrible blow to the city of Dallas. This is a terrible blow to the United States of America,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on the NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown detailed the confrontation during a press conference on Friday, stating that officers cornered Johnson and tried to negotiate with him for several hours before talks broke down. Johnson told police he was upset by recent police shootings and “wanted to kill white people.”

After an exchange of gunfire, officers attached explosives to a bomb robot and detonated them near Johnson, killing him.

Brown said other options to bring the standoff to an end would have exposed more officers to grave danger.

Brown said Johnson told a hostage negotiator that he was not affiliated with any group, carried out the act alone and said police would eventually find the IEDs he claimed to have placed around the city.

Dallas police said during a search of Johnson’s home Friday, detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics.

Rawlings called the shooting Dallas’ “worst nightmare” and asked that all residents “come together and support our police officers.” Brown reiterated that message Friday, asking for prayers and support from the community in the wake of the shootings.

We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop. This divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Brown said. “We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. We need your support to be able to protect your from men like these.”

 

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  1. Dallas police chief David Brown crushes silly questions on gun control, use of bomb to stop Micah Johnson VIDEO - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] During a Sunday appearance on CNN, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told host Jake Tapper how he really felt about the 2nd Amendment when Tapper pressed if there should be more gun control. and questioned whether they should have “bombed” Micah Johnson, the Dallas sniper who murdered five police officers. […]

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    […] Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday for serious burns sustained late last week while in Wyoming. Abbot has been battling infections and now will miss the memorial service for five fallen Dallas police officers murdered by Micah Johnson. […]

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    […] Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, began to take out police officers using a sniper rifle which led to a tense standoff and resulted in the death of the shooter using a police robot bomb. […]

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    […] Rev. Jessie Jackson has pointed the finger at U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his followers for helping to creating the climate of fear in America and therefore, has contributed to the shocking deaths of five police officers in downtown Dallas. […]

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