Micah Xavier Johnson has been identified as the man killed by police in a standoff during the Dallas shooting on July 7. As investigators look into the attack that left five officers dead, learn more about Xavier and why they think he allegedly went on this rampage.
Police are still collecting all the facts surrounding the horrific shooting in Dallas that left five law enforcement officials dead and many more injured. However, they now know one was Micah Xavier Johnson, 25. Before he died, Micah reportedly confessed to the killing spree and told police why he did it!
1. Micah was a Texan with no ties to terrorism.
Micah had no criminal history or known ties to terror groups, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was also living in Dallas before he went on his July 7 spree. Micah has relatives living in Mesquite, Texas, just east of the Dallas. A black SUV, registered to his mother, Delphene Johnson, was found near the scene, per Heavy.com.
Unlike Omar Mateen, who pledged loyalty to ISIS during his slaughter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Micah reportedly told authorities that he was not affiliated with any groups. His social media accounts reveal he was a member of several Black Panther organizations, according to TMZ, including The New Black Panther Party — Houston Chapter.
2. Micah intentionally targeted white police officers.
Micah’s rampage was reportedly in response to the killings of Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, two black men shot to death by police officers. “He was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Dallas police chief David Brown said during a July 8 news conference. “He [said he] wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
3. He was reportedly a veteran.
The police eventually trapped Micah in a parking garage at El Centro College, per Raw Story. “We corned one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours,” David said. Before these talks broke down, Micah also said that he was a U.S. Army veteran, according to CBS News.
4. Micah was killed by a bomb.
“We saw no other option than to use our bomb robot and place a device…to detonate where the suspect was,” David said. He also dismissed early reports that Micah shot himself. “The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
5. He also claimed he acted alone.
Though police have reportedly taken three other suspects into custody, Micah reportedly told police officers that he pulled off his slaughter by himself. Authorities believe Micah “did some of the shooting,” but the Dallas police chief said, “if there’s someone out there associated with this [attack,] we will find you.”
Our thoughts continue to go out to the families and friends of all those involved in this tragedy.