The Dallas Police Department has identified the shooter who is dead after a standoff with police as Micah Xavier Johnson.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that Johnson was killed by an explosive device sent in by DPD, not as the result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound, as some media outlets previously reported.
“We tried to negotiate with 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.”
Brown gave an account of the conversation between the police negotiator and Johnson.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He was upset about the recent police shootings,” Brown said. “The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Additionally, Johnson told the negotiator that they will eventually “find the IEDs” and said he was not affiliated with any group and had acted alone in the shooting that left five officers dead, seven wounded, along with two civilians who were wounded.
Three additional suspects, including a female, are confirmed to be in custody.
Brown asked for continued prayers for the Dallas Police Department, the DART department and the City of Dallas.
“We are hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting.” Brown said. “There are no words to describe the atrocity to our city.”
Brown vowed that the officers will continue to serve the city.
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