Micah Xavier Johnson has been identified by multiple media outlets as one of the alleged snipers in Dallas who killed five police officers and wounded seven more.
The Los Angeles Times and CBS News, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, reported that Johnson, a 25-year-old resident of the Dallas area, was the suspect killed by police using a “bomb robot” following a standoff in a parking garage.
According to the Times, Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups and has relatives in Mesquite, Texas, east of Dallas.
Police described Thursday night’s attack as a carefully planned “ambush” and said they had taken three people into custody before killing a fourth after a long standoff in a downtown garage.
“We had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday morning.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Brown added. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Brown said the suspect told police negotiators he was not affiliated with any group and acted alone.
The attack came during a peaceful protest in Dallas over the killing of two black men by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and outside Minneapolis earlier this week.
Police were still investigating Friday and believe the gunman who was killed “did some of the shooting,” Brown said.
“We’re working diligently to process the crime scene and find evidence,” Brown said. “If there’s someone out there associated with this, we will find you.”
Earlier, Mark Hughes was incorrectly identified by police as a “person of interest” in the shooting, and his photo was distributed on Twitter by the Dallas Police Department.
Hughes was seen marching in the protest dressed in camouflage attire and carrying a rifle, which is legal in Texas.
Four of the officers killed in the attack are from the Dallas Police Department. One victim, identified as Officer David Thompson, worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) authority’s police department.
Patrick Zamarripa was identified by family members as one of the officers killed.
This is an ongoing breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.