Five police officers were killed and seven others wounded in a sniper-style attack by a black army veteran during a protest in Dallas against police brutality towards African-Americans.
Two civilians were also wounded on what was said to be the single deadliest day for law enforcement since September 11, 2011.
Police cornered the main shooting suspect, and tried to negotiate with him, but the talks broke down after several hours.
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There was an exchange of gunfire with police, and the suspect finally died in a blast caused by a robot-controlled explosive device sent in by officers.
“He threatened other bombs, and we felt that was the safest way to get in and it was,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
Police formally identified the slain suspect as 25-year-old Micah Johnson. The black man, a resident of the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, had no prior criminal record and was described to police as a “loner.”
The US Army confirmed that Johnson served as a reservist for six years, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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“The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.
While the White House ruled out any link between the gunman and known “terrorist organizations,” Johnson’s Facebook page ties him to several radical black activist movements listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Groups that he “liked” include the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and the Nation of Islam, both known for expressing virulently anti-Semitic and anti-white views, the SPLC said in a statement.