A suspect in the Dallas police shooting has been identified as Micah X. Johnson, 25, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Johnson was a resident of the Dallas area who had no ties to terror groups or a criminal history. An unnamed law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times Johnson had relatives in Mesquite, Texas.
Johnson appears to have been the only gunman in Thursday’s night’s deadly sniper attack on the Dallas police, according to the New York Times. Originally, officials reported that there were two or three “snipers” involved in the attack.
BREAKING: Law enforcement official tells CBS News Dallas cop killer Micah Xavier Johnson claimed to be a US Army Veteran.
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“He wanted to kill officers. And he expressed killing white people, killing white officers, he expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said during a press conference. Chief Brown also stated that the suspect claimed the police would find I.E.Ds.
According to Army records, Johnson was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving from 2009 to 2015. A source within the Dallas Police department stated Johnson served in the 284th Engineering Company, 961st Engineering Battalion, 420th Engineer Brigade based out of Seagoville, TX.
New York Times claims “nothing in his records suggests he saw combat, or was injured,” but a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 can be confirmed.
Johnson was killed by Dallas police after a remotely operated robot detonated a bomb near him around 2:30 a.m. Law enforcement officials said Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups, but images on social media show him interacting with a former member of the hate group* Nation of Islam.
*Nation of Islam is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.
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