Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the media in a press conference that hours of negotiations with the suspect did not yield his surrender. In order to prevent any further danger to police officers, the department deployed a robot that delivered an explosive device that detonated and killed the suspect. Brown said he had no other option. In Iraq, American troops have been said to use MARCbot surveillance robots against enemies.
The slain suspect has been identified by Texas law enforcement as a 25-year-old black male, Micah Xavier Johnson. He was a resident of the Dallas area and had relatives in nearby Mesquite. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Police Chief Brown said today that Johnson had expressed anger over the shooting deaths of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling by white police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, respectively. Both Castile and Sterling were black.
Johnson told police before his death that he acted alone and was unaffiliated with any group. Police are still looking for suspects. Last night, police theorized that at least one sniper was shooting from rooftops in the downtown area during a Black Lives Matter protest. A black power group has taken credit for the shooting deaths of the Dallas police officers and threaten to kill more. Police said that Johnson set out last night to “kill white people.” “The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the chamber today that anger over the police shootings in Dallas must not be allowed to sharpen divisions among Americans. He vowed today on the House floor that "justice will be done." Ryan acknowledged that July has already been a "long month for America" and that the nation has seen terrible and senseless things. But in the debate over how to resolve differences, he said “let's not lose sight of the values that unite us, our common humanity." He added, "A few perpetrators of evil do not represent us; they do not control us."