After killing 5, and injuring 7 Dallas police officers officers at a Black Lives Matters rally, a sniper was killed Thursday night after bomb robot was sent in and detonated, according to Police Chief David Brown.
“We cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours,” Brown said during a press conference Friday morning. The standoff happened by a garage at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas.
According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement officials identified the deceased sniper Micah X. Johnson, 25, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve with no criminal record or known ties to terror groups.
“Negotiations broke down. We had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on the extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger,” Brown said.
The sniper told the police “the end is coming,” before being killed.
“The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb,” said Brown. “Our hostage negotiator did an exceptional job getting this suspect to talk before he died, during the hours of negotiating that eventually broke down.”
“The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. The suspect stated he will eventually — that we will eventually find IEDs,” said Brown, referencing to improvised explosive devices.
“We can’t get into the head of a person who can do something like this,” Brown said. “We negotiated with the person. They seemed lucid during the negotiation. He wanted to kill officers. He expressed killing white people. He expressed killing white officers. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter. None of that makes sense. None of that is a reason, legitimate reason, to do harm to anyone. So the rest of it would be speculating. We just know what he said.”