Gunman in Dallas tragedy identified
DALLAS, Texas– The dead gunman in the Dallas ambush that left five officers dead has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told CNN. Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.
Two U.S. officials said Johnson had served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
A neighbor said there are police cars outside Johnson’s Texas home. Wayne Bynoe, the neighbor, told CNN that Johnson lived with his mother and “keeps to himself.”
Dallas police killed the suspect with a robot-delivered bomb after hours of overnight negotiations in a parking garage had failed.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said in a news conference earlier Friday that the suspect had told negotiators he was upset about recent police shootings and wanted to kill white people, particularly white officers. Brown did not name the suspect.
The suspect also told negotiators that he’d acted alone in the shooting and was unaffiliated with any group, Brown said, but it remains unclear whether that was the case. Brown said other suspects were in custody but would not discuss those detentions. Brown added that police still didn’t know if investigators had accounted for all participants in the attack.
Thursday’s fatal shooting began shortly before 9 p.m. when, police say, an uncertain number of snipers shot and killed five police officers, wounded seven more and injured two civilians at a downtown Dallas demonstration to protest the recent killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Little else was immediately known about Johnson’s life or motives.
On what appears to be Johnson’s Facebook page, photographs posted by a relative show him in U.S. Army uniform and holding an unknown object as though it were a weapon.