NBC confirms that 5 officers are dead after the coordinated shooting of law enforcement officers on Thursday night. 3 suspects are in custody, but the police have not released details regarding their statements yet, and 1 suspect was killed during a standoff with police.
The suspect who was slain has been identified as army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson from north Texas. NBC reports:
Johnson was laughing and singing and not at all anxious during the standoff at the El Centro College building, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident told NBC 5 Investigates senior reporter Scott Friedman.
Johnson told police he had specifically been training for this event and working out in preparation for Thursday night. NBC 5 Investigates has also learned Johnson was wearing a military-style bulletproof vest.
Johnson told police he spent time in the military and was carrying a military-style rifle.
Johnson was hit by gunfire before going into the El Centro college building and that officers followed Johnson’s blood trail into the building, according to a law enforcement source.
Officers found him on the second floor, and then fired more rounds through a wall, apparently hitting Johnson again and wounding him.
After that, the negotiations began and spanned several hours. Johnson threatened many times to charge the officers, according to the source.
I’m eagerly awaiting reports and identities of the remaining 3 suspects that police have reportedly apprehended, 2 males and 1 female, although for now all focus has been on the last remaining gunman to be neutralized. Perhaps this story isn’t fitting the narrative of Obama’s administration, and they are working on a way to spin the blame for this incident on guns, racism (against minorities of course, not whites) or police brutality.
NBC News reports:
Five officers are dead — four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer — in what authorities called a sniper ambush on police officers at the end of a peaceful protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings Thursday night.
Seven officers and two civilians were also injured in the shootings. All are expected to recover.
“This is a terrible blow to the city of Dallas. This is a terrible blow to the United States of America,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on the NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday officers cornered a suspect — later identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, of Mesquite — and tried to negotiate with him for several hours before talks broke down. Johnson told police he was upset by recent police shootings and “wanted to kill white people.”
After an exchange of gunfire, officers attached explosives to a bomb robot and detonated them near Johnson, killing him.
Brown said other options to bring the standoff to an end would have exposed more officers to grave danger.
Brown said before the standoff ended, Johnson told a hostage negotiator he was upset about recent shootings involving police officers and that he specifically wanted to kill white police officers. He added that he was not affiliated with any group, carried out the act alone and said police would eventually find the IEDs he claimed to have placed around the city.
Police initially said they believed there were two shooters. But after the standoff ended, Brown gave no more details about a possible second shooter. Authorities had also said at one point that three suspects were in custody and a fourth dead. Hours later, officials were vague and would not discuss details.
Rawlings said police have swept the area where the standoff took place and investigated one suspicious package but found no explosives. Maj. Max Geron, with the Dallas Police Department, said on Twitter the area was cleared and crime scene investigators began processing the massive crime scene at about 6 a.m.
“I’m not going to be satisfied until we turn over every stone,” Brown said. “If there’s someone out there associated with this, we will find you.”
Rawlings called the shooting Dallas’ “worst nightmare” and asked that all residents “come together and support our police officers.” Brown reiterated that message Friday, asking for prayers and support from the community in the wake of the shootings.