Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Dallas gunman laughed and sang in stand-off with the police

Dallas gunman laughed and sang in stand-off with the police

Johnson, a U.S. military veteran discharged over sexual harassment accusations, killed five officers and wounded seven cops and two civilians, in a sniper assault late Thursday night. Negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect, 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.

More than 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Dallas to honour the five police officials killed by a sniper during a peaceful march. During negotiations with police, the lone gunman revealed that his motive was to target "white people" in the wake of two back-to-back police shootings of black citizens in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier in the week.

"I approved it and would do it again if presented with same circumstances", Brown told CNN.

Photos of sniper Micah Xavier Johnson's corpse have leaked online - and has the proof.

Dallas police previously said seven officers and two civilians were hurt in the attack.

A string of killings of black men by police in cities including Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Baltimore and Chicago have given rise to the protests against excessive police force in recent years and prompted calls for better dialogue between police and communities.

"We're going to turn over every rock" to make sure Johnson was the only person planning the attack, he said, and that the department is following "any and all leads".

Both Brown and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings defended the department's decision to use a bomb robot to end the standoff.

- Investigators believe the Dallas gunman who shot 14 people, including five murdered police officers, originally planned a much larger attack.

Police are "trying to figure out what those initials mean, but we haven't determined that yet", Brown said.

"For our officers, they were suspects", he said.

Brown said he faced a hard choice - with no way to send officers after the gunman without further jeopardizing their lives.

"We're putting our lives on the line".

Police say Johnson didn't have any explosives built, but he had plenty of materials to create pipe bombs.

Chief David Brown said detectives were still gathering evidence as there are more than 170 hours of body cam video that must be reviewed, and they are gathering police dashcam videos as well.

"We show our love because there's no greater love than to give your life for someone, and that's what we're continuing to be willing to do", he said.

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