In the deadliest attack against law enforcement since 9/11, five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in an ambush against police in Dallas, Texas on July 7.
The gunfire erupted Thursday evening, during peaceful protests that were held in response to two officer-involved shootings of black men earlier this week.
According to police chief David Brown, a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed 25-year-old gunman Micah Xavier Johnson in a parking garage, after negotiations failed following a standoff with police.
Brown said Johnson told police negotiators he had been upset about recent police shootings, and that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, and that he acted alone.
“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 stated. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
According to officials, Johnson had no known criminal record, and he had previously served in the U.S Army Reserves.
And, although Brown said it is currently unclear whether there were additional accomplices, three additional suspects are also in custody.
“We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting,” he stated. “There are no words to describe the atrocity that happened in our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”
“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,” President Obama said in a statement, while he was in Poland for the NATO Summit. “Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.”
Black Lives Matter protesters held a rally in downtown Rochester Thursday, in reaction to the shootings, and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren led a prayer for the victims, prior to the demonstration, at City Hall.
View Brown’s full statement at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCvnfZC957I.