This was Johnson profile photo on his Facebook page. It shows him delivering the salute associated with the black power movement. Another meme on his page shows the fist with the heading “Black Power.” Shortly after his name began to circulate, Johnson’s Facebook page was removed.
Meanwhile, his sister, Nicole Johnson, posted a message to her page asking for privacy saying, “Please out of respect for my family. If you following the news and know whats going on. I’m not talking to anyone and please keep your comments thoughts respectful. The news will say what they think but those that knew him know this wasn’t like him. Only close family can call me. This is the biggest loss we’ve had.”
On July 7, 2016, at the end of a peaceful protest, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and shot twelve police officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, United States, killing five of the officers. Johnson was an Army Reserve Afghan War veteran who was reportedly angry over recent police shootings of black men. A protest was being held against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, in the preceding days.
Following the shooting, police confronted Johnson at a parking garage, and a standoff ensued. In the early hours of July 8, police killed Johnson with a bomb attached to a bomb disposal robot. Some experts believe it was the first time in U.S. history a robot was used by police to deliver lethal force.
The shooting was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
A protest was organized in Dallas by the Next Generation Action Network in response to the killings of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, days before. The Dallas protest was one of several held across the United States on the night of July 7. Around 800 protesters were involved, and around 100 police officers were assigned to protect the event and the surrounding area. Before the shooting occurred, no other incidents were reported, and the event was peaceful.
The gunfire began in downtown Dallas at 8:58 p.m. A bystander reported hearing 50 to 75 shots. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said that some of the officers were shot in the back, and that the shooter had some knowledge of the protest route. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the shooter fired from different floors of a nearby building.
Another bystander, who recorded cell phone video of the event from his hotel balcony, reported observing the shooter, clad in tactical clothing and armed with a rifle, at street level. The bystander stated that the shooter loaded his rifle and began firing indiscriminately to draw officers near his position. When one officer approached a corner, the shooter engaged him in a gunfight, forcing the officer to take cover behind a concrete pillar. The shooter fired at one side of the pillar, then ran over to the other side, ambushed the officer, and shot him multiple times from behind at point-blank range, killing him. After firing additional gunshots into the officer’s body, the gunman fled upon being shot at by additional officers.
Following the shooting, the gunman engaged officers in a standoff at a nearby parking garage, firing intermittently at them. One officer was injured in the shootout. A suspicious package was discovered near the garage and was secured by a bomb squad. Chief Brown later stated that the gunman had declared that the end was near, his intentions were to kill more law enforcement personnel, and that he had placed explosives all over the garage and downtown Dallas.
During negotiations, Johnson said that he acted alone and was not part of any group. The standoff ended at about 2:30 a.m. the next day, after the shooter was killed by a C-4 bomb deployed and set off by a robot. A sweep of downtown Dallas found no presence of explosives.
Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, has been named as the shooting suspect who died following the tragic deaths of several Dallas police officers.Johnson show Micah decked out in U.S. Army fatigues and in more formal military gear. One of those photos shows Micah pointing what appears to be a weapon or a red light directly at the camera in the haunting picture. Mesquite is a suburb outside of Dallas, with neighbors calling Micah a bit of a recluse since he returned from Afghanistan.The man above shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups.
Johnson, from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas, reportedly told law enforcement that he was a veteran, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre.’The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter.
He said he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,’ Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference.Around 11pm on Thursday, cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect. This was after shots had rung out at a previously peaceful protest in downtown Dallas with demonstrators screaming and running for their lives as cops dropped dead one by one.
Johnson reportedly wore body armor, which would suggest why a cop wasn’t able to kill him when he confronted him in a one-on-one situation which was caught on camera. It resulted in the cop being executed. He also carried an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle and a handgun, according to law enforcement sources.
A black SUV found at the scene of the shootings was listed as registered to Delphene Johnson, also of Mesquite, who is understood to be his mother. Police gathered at the address of Ms Johnson late Friday morning. All five cops killed were men and three have been identified so far as 43-year-old DART Officer Brent Thompson, young young father Patrick Zamarripa and Michigan native Michael Krol.
VIDEO: Dallas Gunman Identified as Micah Xavier Johnson in Shooting of 11 Police Officers, 5 DEAD
On Instagram, an account named Micah X. Johnson shows Micah professing his love for God, and the Black Lives Matter hashtag is featured in the profile. With more than 10,700 followers, it is not known if the Instagram account belongs to Micah.
“I love God. Fear no one! I’m From Dallas, Texas and I’m a former veteran  Put Some Respect On It #BlackLivesMatter“
Google does not show that the Instagram account claiming to be from Micah was crawled at any point, therefore, it is possible that the Instagram.com/MicahXJohnson account was only set up recently.
PICTURED: Micah X. Johnson identified as the suspected gunman in #Dallas police shootings
Now, searches for photos of Micah have resulted in images of Johnson appearing in a U.S. Army uniform, as seen on the Facebook account of Micah’s sister. CNN reports that Micah served in the Army Reserves.
Police were able to descend on Micah’s neighborhood in Mesquite in the early morning hours while the standoff between authorities and Johnson was still taking place. The actions prove the police knew who Micah was while they were trying to negotiate with Johnson, but those talks broke down, and authorities were forced to kill Micah with a remote bomb.
According to CBS Local, Micah is responsible for the tragic shootings that left at least five police officers dead. Photos of Johnson are now appearing on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram now that Micah’s name has been released by authorities. The shooting in Dallas by Johnson also left officers and others wounded.
Micah’s neighbors were reportedly stunned to learn that Johnson was the Dallas shooter, with some of them calling Johnson a man who kept to himself. Other neighbors were not able to identify photos of Micah from the pictures that police showed them. Authorities came to Micah’s home, where Johnson reportedly lived with his mother, in order to find out more information about him and speak to his neighbors in order to glean what they could about Micah’s motives and state of mind.
It is surprising to folks that Micah served as a junior officer in the Army Reserves and lived in such a nice neighborhood in Mesquite. Johnson’s military training was suspected because of the way Micah moved during the shootings and the tactical maneuvers he employed.
Update: We now know full name as Micah Xavier Johnson. Johnson had no criminal record or known ties to terrorism.
On Twitter, the name Micah Xavier Johnson has gained more than 12,000 tweets since the shooter’s name was released.
Earlier, Dallas officials reported three people in custody, although it is not clear why. Micah is being called a lone wolf not affiliated with any organization. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings initially did not release Micah’s name, but later, after the Friday morning press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown confirmed that Micah was the dead gunman.
The El Centro College parking garage was the location of the standoff where Johnson faced police before authorities used the remote vehicle to detonate a bomb and kill Micah. Chief Brown expressed the fact that Johnson seemed to know what he was doing while police tried to negotiate with Micah.
“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. Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger. He seemed lucid during negotiations. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter. The suspect said he was upset at white people. He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”
[Image via Micah Johnson/Facebook]
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