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Suspect in Dallas shooting identified as Micah Xavier Johnson

July 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect in Dallas shooting identified as Micah Xavier Johnson

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The Los Angeles Times and CBS News are reporting the suspect responsible for one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcement in history has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson.

The gunman shot twelve police officers, five of them fatally during an attack following a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday night.

According to reports, Johnson is described as a recluse with no prior criminal record.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a press conference that the suspect told authorities he “did this alone” and was “not affiliated with any groups.”

The police chief called the attack a targeted ambush and an assassination of law enforcement officers.

The Los Angeles Times  confirmed reports indicating Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups. The newspaper cited federal law enforcement sources who said Johnson had lived in the Dallas area and had family members in Mesquite, Texas.

According to the  Associated Press, the Army also confirmed that Johnson was a former enlisted soldier who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Police discovered a black SUV at the scene registered to Delphine Johnson, the mother of Micah Johnso, according to Facebook posts and public records.

Johnson reportedly told police negotiators “he was angered over the recent police shootings of black men” and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”

The alleged gunman made the comments before police used an by an explosive-wielding robot to kill the suspect, despite reports that he had shot himself.

“Negotiations had broken down after several hours; we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect,” Brown said. “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 grave danger. The suspect is a result of detonating the bomb,” Brown added.

The police chief also revealed that Johnson had claimed to have planted bombs planted “all over” downtown Dallas, which law enforcement officials have yet to confirm.

Brown expressed the grief of his department and their families over the death of the officers and insisted the divisiveness between police and the public must stop.

Earlier Friday, President Obama said “America was horrified” at Thursday night’s events that unfolded in Dallas.

Obama called the attacks, despicable and said there was no justification for the violence during brief comments he made from Warsaw, Poland where he is meeting with NATO and European Union leaders.

“We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” Obama told reporters.

“Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us,” our focus is on the heartbroken victims and their families,” Obama said.

“The entire city of Dallas is grieving. Police across America, which is a tight-knit family, feels this loss to their core,” the President added.

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