Although Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings refused to release any information about the suspects involved in the Dallas cop murders, the Dallas police chief unveiled some details about one of them – the one who was killed during their gunfight. The local CBS affiliate reported:
…Dallas Police Chief David Brown confirmed the death of one gunman, later identified by CBS News as of 25-year old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, the suspect that police cornered in a parking garage at El Centro College in the downtown area immediately following the shooting.
According to Brown, police cornered Micah Johnson and negotiated with him for several hours. When talks broke down – they exchanged gunfire with the man. At that point, police sent in a remote vehicle and detonated a bomb – ultimately killing him.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger” said Brown.
“He seemed lucid during negotiations.” said Chief Brown “He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter.”
Brown admitted that Johnson told police that he was upset over the recent string of police shooting.
“The suspect said he was upset at white people” said Brown. “He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”
The suspect also reportedly said that authorities would “eventually find the IEDs.” That led to an extensive sweep of the Dallas area, which turned up no explosives.
Johnson claimed to be a U.S. Army veteran. He also stated he was not affiliated with any groups and stated that he did this alone.
So far, there have been a total of four suspects. Besides Johnson, there are two other men and one woman. The three remaining suspects are in police custody.
Although Johnson reportedly said that he belongs to no group, and that he acted alone, one group – called the Black Power Political Organization – is claiming responsibility for the attacks and have promised that “more assassinations are coming.”
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