Even though authorities in Dallas were being unusually secretive about the sniper who was killed by a bomb and the three others arrested to end an ambush that left five Dallas officers dead and another seven injured, a profile of the one shooter already identified has begun to emerge.
Including the facts that he wanted to kill white cops and his sister had warned, “I for one think these cops need to get a taste of the life we now fear.”
The shooter who was killed by a police bomb delivered by a robot and detonated remotely has been identified as Micah X. Johnson, 25, a Dallas-area resident with no obvious ties to terror groups or a criminal history.
The Los Angeles Times reported Johnson was a former Army reservist who served in Afghanistan with the 420th Engineer Brigade.
Police chief David Brown did reveal that the suspect who died said something about his motive.
“He was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Brown said. “He said he was upset about recent police shootings … upset at white people. He stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Brown and the city’s mayor said they were keeping a lid on information about the suspects to facilitate their investigation.
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But according to The Smoking Gun, his sister wrote on social media, “White ppl have and will continue to kill us off. The only difference is they serve the system hiding behind that blue suit and get off easy murdering civilians. Everything coming into the light and I for one think these cops need to get a taste of the life we now fear.”
The report said she had uploaded a video about a case where an officer shot Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and wrote, “When we decide we had enough n fight back.”
Police earlier talked about what her brother said.
Johnson “said he was not affiliate with any groups, and he stated he did this alone,” Brown said.
The Times reported that although three others were in custody, it was “unclear whether Johnson was the only one involved in the ambush that broke out during a demonstration to protest recent police shootings of two African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota.”
The other three have not been identified.
The victims identified are Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, 43, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith.
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The chief said the end came for Johnson after negotiations disintegrated, and there was an exchange of gunfire.
The Times said that on his Facebook profile photo, “Johnson wore a purple, yellow and gold dashiki and thrust his fist into the air. His cover photo displayed the red, black and green stripes of the Pan-African flag.”
The report continued: “He had joined several groups that made allusions to the Black Panther Party, including a group called the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named for the black power group’s co-founder. The group, which was founded last year to fight police brutality, teaches its members self-defense and conducts what it calls ‘armed patrols’ through neighborhoods where the police have killed black men.”
One member of the group, Erick Khafre, told the Times he didn’t know Johnson.
Johnson also recently had posted a video of whales being killed, with the comment, “Why do so many whites (not all) enjoy killing and participating in the death of innocent beings?”
Law enforcement told the Times that Johnson apparently belonged to an informal gun club and frequently practiced target shooting.
Johnson was cornered in a parking garage at El Centro College in downtown Dallas by police, who negotiated with him for hours.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger,” Brown said.
Brown’s objective is that every individual involved will be brought to justice, he said, and he praised the bravery of Dallas officers when gunshots erupted.
“[You see] video footage of them running toward gunfire from an elevated position with no chance to protect themselves, and to put themselves in harm’s way to make sure citizens can get to a place of security,” he said.
However, The Mirror newspaper of London reported a self-proclaimed black power group appears to have claimed responsibility.
The report said the Black Power Political Organization wrote on its Facebook account that it was behind the attack and that “more assassinations are coming.”
The statement said: “#BlackPower! #BlackKnights! Sniper Assassins Take Down Five Police Officers! And More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days! Do You Like The Work Of Our Assassins? Get Your Own Sniper Rifle And Join Our Thousands Of Sniper Assassins Worldwide In The Fight Against Oppression!”
But the message later was removed.