The ambush began with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed.
Investigators identified the dead suspect as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who’d served in Afghanistan. But they’re still trying to answer key questions. Chief among them: Are any other suspects on the loose?
Federal law enforcement officials say they believe Johnson was the only shooter in the ambush that began Thursday night, according to law enforcement officials briefed by the Dallas police.
Dallas police Chief David Brown earlier suggested that other suspects played a role, too.
“Through our investigation of some of the suspects, it’s revealed to us that this was a well-planned, well-thought-out, evil tragedy by these suspects,” Brown said at a prayer vigil for the victims Friday afternoon. “We won’t rest until we bring everyone involved to justice.”
As officials condemned the attack Friday, details emerged about the suspect who died after a lengthy standoff with police in a parking garage.
The suspect told police negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the city’s police chief told reporters Friday.