Dallas Law Enforcement has released the identity of one of the suspected gunmen in yesterday’s mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas that left 5 Police officers dead and 7 wounded. Police say 25 year-old Micah Xavier Johnson was killed after a stand-off between he and police that lasted several hours.
Johnson was a resident of Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
CBS News Tweeted out this photo of the suspect:
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Here’s what we know so far about Micah Xavier Johnson:
Johnson Wanted To “Kill White Officers”
In a press conference on Friday morning, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown revealed details about the motives of at least one of the attackers. According to Brown, during a standoff with police the deceased suspect said that he was upset “by recent police shootings”, “black lives matter”, “white people” and declared that “he wanted to kill people, especially white officers.”
Despite the fact that multiple suspects are currently in police custody, the deceased suspect also told police that he was “not affiliated with any groups” and that he “did this alone.”
Johnson Identified Himself As A “Black Nationalist”
The suspect was a self-identified militant and “black nationalist” according to social media accounts.
According to his Facebook profile, Johnson identified as a black nationalist. Activists at Thursday’s night Black Lives Matter march, however, said that the shooter behind the deadliest day for American law enforcement since 9/11 was not part of their protest.
Johnson’s profile photo on Facebook shows him in a dashiki, holding a clenched fist in the air. Johnson’s cover photos are a black liberation flag and a black power fist.
Johnson did not explicitly identify himself as a member of the Nation of Islam, a militant black Muslim group, but liked pages relating to Elijah Mohammed, the group’s deceased founder. Johnson also liked several militant and black separatist groups such as The New Black Panther Party and the African American Defense League.
Johnson Was An Army Reservist Until 2015
ABC News reports that defense officials have confirmed that Johnson was an Army Reservist until April of 2015. He was trained and served as a carpentry and masonry specialist.
Several photos of Johnson in his Army uniform have been circulating around social media:
Johnson Has No Known Ties To Terrorist Organizations
According to authorities, Johnson has no known ties to any terrorist organizations.
Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups, the official said, and has relatives in Mesquite, Texas, which is just east of Dallas.The official said federal agents were assisting Dallas authorities in the investigation.
Authorities believe Johnson belonged to an informal gun club and took copious amounts of target practice, according to a law enforcement official.
Johnson Was Killed By A Bomb Detonated By Police
Although earlier reports had suggested the one suspect had killed himself, police are now reporting that the deceased was killed when officers detonated an explosive device attached to a bomb defusing robot.
“The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb,” said Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown.