Chaos and tension continued into the early hours of this morning with five police officers killed and seven injured in Dallas, Texas.
CNN reports five cops were killed by snipers during a peaceful protest in Dallas overnight.
The marches turned deadly when snipers allegedly shot and killed five officers.
Here’s what you need to know:
Police identified Micah X. Johnson as the gunman
Micah X. Johnson, a U.S. Army Veteran, has been identified as the gunman in the shooting that took the lives of five officers and wounded seven others, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson allegedly told police he was “upset about Black Lives Matter,” but was not affiliated with any groups.
“He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers,” Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference.
After hours of stand-off, a police robot bomb was detonated near Johnson.
“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 said.
Three suspects in custody, one dead
Four suspects were detained. One was killed using a robot with an explosive device after a standoff with police in the early morning hours of July 8. In a press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown reported the police were negotiating with a suspect who claimed there were bombs all over the garage where the shooting took place and in the downtown area. The suspect also reportedly told authorities, “This is the end.”
One suspect misidentified
Early reports named Mark Hughes as a suspect. He had been marching in protest wearing a camouflage T-shirt, carrying a rifle. He turned himself in and was released from custody around 1 a.m. on Friday morning.
Police victims identified
CNN reports one of the victims, Brent Thompson, got married just two weeks ago to a fellow officer. He was 43.
FBI agent calls the attack a “magnitude that required advance work”
Retired FBI Special Agent Steve Moore called the attack logistically planned. “I think there was so much logistically, ammunition-wise. They may not have planned the location, they may not have planned the vantage point. But they had prepared for an attack before last night’s shooting is my guess,” he stated according to CNN.
Obama speaks out
The president called the attack in Dallas a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement” in a press conference Friday morning, according to CNN. Obama delivered his second speech on the violence from Warsaw, Poland. “There is no possible justification for these kind of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” he said.
This is a developing story.
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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