Nation outraged after Dallas shooter identified as U.S. Army reservist

Micah Johnson, the suspect in the Dallas shooting, is seen in this undated Facebook post
Micah Johnson, the suspect in the Dallas shooting, is seen in this undated Facebook post

{BNN/TEXAS, U.S}. – The gunman responsible for the death of five police officers during an ambush in Dallas has reportedly been identified as Micah Johnson, 25 years of age and a U.S. Army reservist who served in Afghanistan but was sent back after being accused of sexually harassing a fellow soldier.

According to reports, officials believe that Johnson acted alone, as opposed to initial assumptions that there were two snipers who shot at protestors gathered for a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas.

Despite that, Texas Governor Greg Abbott reportedly said that police would “continue down every rabbit trail… ensuring that we eliminate any other possible suspects or co-conspirators.”

It was added that the gunman was upset over the recent shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reportedly said on Friday that, “We believe now that the city is safe, and the suspect is dead, and we can move on to healing.”

He added that Johnson was “mobile” during the ambush, and had written “manifestos on how to shoot and move, and he did that.”

After Johnson was killed in the early hours after the shootout, police officials reportedly searched his home and found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles and ammunition, as well as a “journal of combat tactics,” which investigators are now poring over.

Reports added that following the Thursday massacre, where seven others were also injured, U.S. President Barack Obama said that he plans to cut his trip to Europe short by one day, in order to travel to Dallas early next week after returning from Spain on the night of July 10.

The White House reportedly added in a statement that, “Later in the week, at the White House, the President will continue the work to bring people together to support our police officers and communities, and find common ground by discussing policy ideas for addressing the persistent racial disparities in our criminal justice system.”

The day is reportedly now the deadliest single day for law enforcement officers since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Reports state that the sniper attacks as well as the gunning down of Sterling and Castile put into motion attacks all over the U.S. and in the U.K. as well.

Protestors reportedly engaged in peaceful marches decrying the killings, wept, held signs and chanted “Black lives matter.”

Further, Dallas saw the hosting of an interfaith vigil service to honour the police officers, and Black Lives Matter reportedly said that, “Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.”

Further, flags outside the Peterborough Police station were lowered to half-staff, and protests also took place on London’s busy streets, with large crowds chanting and marching in a show of solidarity.

However, the protests were also marred by an ethical debate that sprang up after police rigged a bomb-disposal robot to kill an armed suspect in the fatal Dallas shootings.

The debate reportedly questions the use of remote and semi-autonomous devices to fight crime and protect lives, and when it is appropriate to launch such a robot, rather than continue to negotiate surrender.

Experts reportedly said, “Extreme emergencies shouldn’t define the scope of more ordinary situations where police may want to use robots that are capable of harm,” but Dallas Police Chief David Brown reportedly defended his department’s decision.

Families of the dead officers are reportedly still reeling after the attacks, with Executive Director Charley Wilkison saying, “They are never going to be whole again… those families are ripped apart forever and the financial provider is gone.”

He added, “Texas has the largest number of fallen officers in the history of America,” as 1,960 law enforcers have been killed in shootings, automobile accidents and other ways in the line of duty.

Area police officers were reportedly outraged at the shooting of their comrades, with Police Superintendent William Colarulo blaming the national rage over police-involved shootings of black men on incomplete video clips circulated by news outlets and on social media.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.