Dallas police chief: gunman was planning larger attacks

Dallas police chief: gunman was planning larger attacks

More clues emerged over the weekend about plans being hatched by Micah Xavier Johnson (25), the former United States army reservist from Mesquite, Texas who perpetrated the worst targeted attack on USA law enforcement officers in modern times. I didn't see it coming. However, some were concerned by the manner in which the police ended a standoff with 25-year-old Micah X Johnson, the suspect behind the shooting.

The chief also said that authorities are downloading more than 170 hours of officers' body camera footage and collecting "countless hours" of dashcam video.

In taking personal responsibility for approving the plan in the aftermath of Thursday's attack, Chief David Brown said he was convinced that the gunman would have sought to harm other police officers if he had hesitated to give the go-ahead.

Among Dallas investigators' current goals: Figure out what Johnson had meant by "RB", lettering that Brown said he'd written on the wall in blood before his death. "We had negotiated with him for about two hours, and he just basically lied to us-playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many [police officers] did he get and that he wanted to kill some more and that there were bombs there", Brown said.

Risk to police Given the risk to police officers, he said he "would do it again if presented with the same circumstances".

What he did hate was "injustice", Delphine Johnson said, speaking exclusively to The Blaze. Brown said police have tried to understand the meaning of Johnson's writings, but noted the former Army reservist "obviously had some delusion".

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Meanwhile, Johnson's parents revealed how their son went to Afghanistan in 2014 as a "gung-ho" soldier but returned home a sullen "hermit" suddenly radicalized in the black-power movement.

In all, 12 officers were shot, five fatally, just a few blocks from where President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Federal agents are trying to trace the origin of the weapons used, including a military-style semi-automatic rifle.

About 30 agents are also involved in identifying bullet casings, said William Temple, the Dallas agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Dallas officials say he was the sole shooter who killed five police officers and wounded seven other people during a Black Lives Matter protest march Thursday night.

Police kept a number of streets around El Centro College, where Johnson had holed up, stretched with yellow crime scene tape over the weekend. "Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger", he said. He will also speak privately with the families of the slain officers.

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