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Five police officers are dead in Dallas, and the name of the suspect police killed with a "bomb robot” has now gone public.
That suspect has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, according to the Los Angeles Times. Johnson was 25, according to the paper, and lived in the Dallas area. He reportedly does not have a criminal record, and claimed to have no ties to known terror or criminal groups.
CBS News says this is his photo:
CBS News reporter David Begnaud a disturbing detail, that Johnson claimed to be a veteran:
That claim has been confirmed by The Daily Beast, which reported:
A U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast that Johnson served as a corporal in the Army Reserve as part of the 284th Engineering Company out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He previously deployed to Afghanistan.
As Dallas Police Chief David Brown said earlier today:
“We tried to negotiate for several hours, negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect,” Brown said. “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 grave danger. The suspect is a result of detonating the bomb.”
Brown added that:
“The suspect said that 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 that he is not affiliated with any groups. And that he did this alone.”
This is a developing news story and will be updated as more facts become known. Check IJR.com for the latest.