The latest reports from last night’s carnage in downtown Dallas have left five dead (4 DPD officers and 1 DART Officer) and nine wounded (Seven officers and two civilians) when multiple shooters in elevated positions opened fire on police during a protest.
One suspect was cornered on the 2nd floor of the El Centro College garage. The man refused to negotiate or surrender and exchanged gunfire with police. Dallas police sent in a demolition robot holding an explosive device and blew it up next to the suspect, killing him.
Before being killed, the suspect expressed anger towards Black Lives Matter and told a police negotiator that he “wanted to kill police officers,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown.
The gunman has now been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson. He was 25 and it appears he served in the Army Reserve, trained as a masonry and carpentry specialist.
Three other suspects are in custody, two men and one woman, and are reportedly not cooperating with police.
The first suspect that Dallas PD tweeted about during the attack is now believed to not be a part of the attacks and was only exercising his open carry rights during the protest.
The shootings happened during a protest in downtown Dallas after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, black men killed by police in Louisiana and in Minnesota earlier in the week.
“We’re hurting,” Chief Brown said. “Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city.”