UPDATE: Law enforcement officials believe that Johnson was the lone gunman during the attack, the New York Times reports. Officials previously said that more suspects were in custody, but there has yet to be an update on the situation.
ORIGINAL STORY: Micah Johnson has been identified as one of the suspects who was involved in the assassination of five police officers during a Dallas protest on Thursday, July 7, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Johnson, 25, was a resident of the area and previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve. According to U.S. law enforcement officials, he had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups. The gunman was killed by a bomb detonated by authorities around 2:30 a.m. on Friday following a negotiation that lasted several hours.
“Negotiations broke down [and] an exchange of gunfire with the suspect [began],” Dallas police chief David Brown said during a press conference on Friday. “We saw no other option than to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension to detonate where the suspect was … other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
During the negotiation, Johnson revealed what his motive was for the massacre, which also injured seven other officers and two civilians. Brown said that Johnson was upset “at white people” amid the recent police shootings.
As previously reported, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, resident Alton Sterling was killed while selling homemade CDs and DVDs outside a store on Tuesday. The following day, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, resident Philando Castile was shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop. His girlfriend used her phone to live-stream the incident — their daughter was in the backseat — on Facebook.
“He wanted to kill white people,” Chief Brown said of Johnson on Friday, “especially white officers.” Brown also said that Johnson “was upset about Black Lives Matter” and that he said the “end was coming.”
According to NBC, a black SUV registered to Johnson’s mother, Delphene, was found at the scene. On Friday, Brown told reporters that more suspects are in custody, but did not give further details or reveal how many.
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