Editor’s note. The person the police wanted to talk to who was open carrying has been cleared by officers. Why we are removing the photo
8:15 Police identify suspect as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, from Mesquite Texas. There is no previous criminal history.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thomson, 43, has been identified by his parent agency as the DART slain officer.
6:00 suspect who died did so due to an explosive device deployed by Dallas Police. He also told police he was not affiliated with any group, and he acted alone. He was upset at the black lives matter movement, and wanted to kill whites people, particularly white police officers. This is according to the chief of police. They are continuing to look for other suspects. Chief Brown also noted that it is time to stop the division between civilians and police. He said that he does not feel the police has any support from the community.
Some quotes from the Presser are in order. This is Chief of Police David Brown:
“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,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
05:30 suspect at the parking garage died overnight in encounter with police. 7 officers and 2 civilians were injured as well. President Barack Obama is in Warsaw for a NATO summit and he has condemned the attacks. He said: “I believe I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.”
He added “All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens. We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”
He also said that the investigation is continuing and they will not leave any stone unturned.
00:10 A fifth officer has died
10:45 three in custody. 1 female, 2 males. They are negotiating and exchanging gun fire with a 4th one. No indication as to motive. They were working together, leading to the thinking this was planned. “We do not have comfort level that we have all suspects.”
The person in the photo turned himself in, according to CNN, and unconfirmed reports that he had nothing to do with this. They have a suspicious package as well. This is the post on Twitter from Dallas Police.
July 7, 2016 (DALLAS, TX) multiple shots fired at Black Lives Matter march in downtown Dallas, Texas. Police confirms 4 officers were killed and 11 were injured. Dallas Police has posted the picture above of a person of interest in their official Twitter feed. Texas is an open carry state, which means people can carry openly unlike California. For the moment they want to talk to this person. They are calling him a suspect
They say that at least two people were involved.
According to the local NBC affiliate:
Dallas Police Chief David Brown released the following statement Thursday evening:
“Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3482. We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.”
Just before 11 p.m. Brown said an 11th officer was injured in a shootout with one of the snipers.
The ATF and FBI have joined the investigation, and Chief Brown said agents are searching downtown for the possibility that there may be a bomb planted somewhere.
They have found a suspicious package and have a suspect in custody. This is according to CNN.