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Man who shot 12 cops in Texas named

Micah Xavier Johnson
Micah Xavier Johnson

The man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups.

The coordinated attack only ended when police used a bomb to kill a shooter who told them he wanted to kill white officers, authorities said Friday.

The attack came during one of several protests across the United States against the killing of two black men by police this week, the latest in a long string of killings that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Police described Thursday night's ambush as carefully planned and executed and said they had taken three people into custody before killing the 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 at City Hall.

"The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter," said Brown, who is black. "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."

The attack came in a week that two black men were fatally shot by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and outside Minneapolis. The killings, both now the subject of official investigations, inflamed tensions about race and justice in the United States.