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Violence struck again last night, this time in Dallas, Texas following a peaceful protest for the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. With shots ringing off near 9 p.m., crowds scrambled resulting in 5 dead police officers and one dead subject, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson. The events ended in a Dallas parking garage where a police bomb robot was detonated near the subject causing his death.
“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,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. “Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger.” Brown also went on to say that these actions were taken after a long standoff with police in which Johnson told negotiators he was angry over Black Lives Matter and was mad at white people.
While Federal Law Enforcement believe Johnson was the lone shooter in the attacks they are still looking to answer key questions about the events that transpired. Along with the five officers that were killed, 7 others were shot as well as 2 civilians in what is being described as a sniper attack.
Of those slain was Patrick Zamarripa, a father of two who was remembered via social media posts from his family and friends. Brent Thompson, 43, was also killed. He served as a Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer, the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 5 officers who were killed as well as the 9 others who were injured.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.