One of the suspects in the ambush-style shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead overnight served in the U.S. Army Reserve. The suspect told a hostage negotiator that he was upset about the recent police shootings of two black men and that he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a news conference this morning.
The suspect, who was killed by police when they detonated a bomb delivered by robot, was identified today as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Johnson served as an Army reservist until April 2015. He was trained and served in the Army Reserve as a carpentry and masonry specialist, defense officials said.
Johnson was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, according to his service record. He had the rank of a private first class.
The suspect “wanted to kill officers” and “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” Brown said.
“None of that makes sense,” Brown said.
The suspect also said he was not affiliated with any groups and that he was acting alone, Brown said.
After officials negotiated with the suspect for several hours overnight and exchanged gunfire with him, Brown said, police “saw no other option but to use our bomb robot … for it to detonate where the suspect was.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said this morning that because of the ongoing investigation, no information will be released right now about three other suspects in the shooting who have been arrested.
Brown said this afternoon, “through our investigation of some of the suspects, it’s revealed to us that this was a well-planned, well thought out, evil tragedy by these suspects. And we won’t rest until we bring everyone to justice.”
Five officers were killed, and seven more were injured in the overnight shooting. Two civilians were also injured.