Micah X. Johnson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- The Suspect Told Police He Was Not Affiliated With Any Groups & He ‘Did This Alone’
- His Facebook Page Includes a ‘Black Power’ Poster
- Police Are Still Searching Until they Determine There Are No Outstanding Suspects, the Chief Said
- The Slain Officers Include 4 From the Dallas PD & 1 From the City’s Transit Authority Police
- Police Took Part in the Planning of the Peaceful Rally & March, the Chief Says
Two civilians were also wounded in the shootings. Johnson, 25, was killed when a police robot detonated a bomb near him following a standoff that lasted several hours, Police Chief David Brown said Friday at a press conference.
“The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.
It is not clear if there were any other gunmen, or whether other people taken into custody by police were involved in the shooting. Police initially said two snipers positioned themselves in triangulated locations to fire on officers from elevated positions.
The gunfire began just before 9 p.m. while a peaceful rally was held by the Black Lives Matter organization in response to recent controversial police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. The officers were fired upon by a gunman with a sniper rifle in an elevated position at times during the incident, officials said.
The gunman was then cornered in El Centro College in downtown Dallas.
Little is known about the gunman so far, and this post will be updated as more information is released. Here’s what we know so far about the suspected shooter and the tragic incident: