Micah Xavier Johnson identified as shooter that killed five Dallas police officers

The shooting suspect said he 'wanted to kill white people, especially white officers'

Samuel Osborne,Rachael Revesz
Friday 08 July 2016 22:13 BST
Dallas gunman wanted to kill white police officers

A suspect involved in the Dallas police shooting has been named by US media sources as army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson.

Both the Los Angeles Times and CBS News are reporting Johnson, 25, is the shooter. He allegedly has no known criminal history or links to terror groups.

Five police officers were killed and seven injured after at least one sniper opened fire on police during a police brutality protest following the police shooting of two black men.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that, during a lengthy standoff with police, the suspect - who he did not name - said he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers".

Earlier, he told police "more will die" and claimed to have planted bombs throughout the area.

The shooter was killed by a police bomb delivered by a robot. Police said no explosives were found in two searches of the downtown area.

In a statement to the press, Police Chief Brown said: "The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter.

"He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people.

"The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.

"The suspect stated that we will eventually find the IEDs. The suspect stated he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone."

The Mayor of Dallas said the identity of the suspect will not be released while a criminal investigation is ongoing.

Mike Rawlings said withholding the suspect’s identity would not be welcomed as “good news” by reporters.

Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa were the first victims to be named. At least two civilians were injured during the attack.

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