After several hours of manhunt, the man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson.
He’s a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups, Daily Mail reports.
Image: Micah Johnson
Johnson, from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas.
The cops killer reportedly told law enforcement that he was a veteran, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre.
‘The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,’ Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference.
Around 11pm on Thursday, cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect.
This was after shots had rung out at a previously peaceful protest in downtown Dallas with demonstrators screaming and running for their lives as cops dropped dead one by one.
A black SUV found at the scene of the shootings was listed as registered to Delphene Johnson, also of Mesquite, who is understood to be his mother. Police gathered at the address of Ms Johnson late Friday morning.
All five cops killed were men and three have been identified so far as 43-year-old DART Officer Brent Thompson, young father Patrick Zamarripa and Michigan native Michael Krol.
Image: Micah Johnson
According to reports from Daily Mail, two other suspects were taken into custody after fleeing the scene in a black Mercedes.
An officer saw one of the pair hurriedly putting a camouflage bag in the back of the car before driving off ‘at a high rate of speed’.
A female, who was in the same area as Johnson, was also taken custody, however Brown said: ‘We still don’t have complete comfort that we have all the suspects.’