Time: 12:20 a.m. CEST
An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday. The man identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson told authorities he was upset about the police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said.
He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In all, 12 officers were shot. In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, authorities said gun-wielding civilians also shot officers in individual attacks that came after the two black men died at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two officers were wounded, one critically.
The man was identified by The Associated Press as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite. The AP also reported the Army confirmed that Johnson enlisted as a soldier and served a tour in Afghanistan. A law enforcement official told CNN that Johnson had no criminal record or known ties to terrorism. Law enforcement officials have not publicly confirmed his identity, but Dallas and Mesquite police officers cordoned off a house Friday in Mesquite that is listed on Micah Johnson’s drivers license.
Detectives and crime-scene technicians removed bags from the home on Helen Lane before leaving a little before 11:30 am. Chase Young, who lives around corner and a few houses down, woke up when Mesquite police cruisers set off his front motion-sensor alarm.”They’ve been going back and forth, back and forth since 1 o’clock,” he said. A friend and former co-worker of Johnson’s described him as a gun owner with military training who “was always very affected by the police stuff and had very strong feelings about being black.”
Source: The Associated Press, Dallas Morning News