EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Bomb-making materials were found at the home of Dallas shooting suspect, the Dallas Police Department said Friday.
Police released new information on the investigation of a Thursday night shooting that killed five officers and injured seven more. Two civilians were also injured in the attack.
DPD has identified Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, as a suspect in the attacks. The shooting started while a protest against officer-involved shootings was underway in Downtown Dallas.
Inside the suspect's home
On Friday, Dallas police released a statement on the investigation, detailing their search of the suspect's home.
"... detectives found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. Detectives are in the processing of analyzing the information contained in the journal," the department wrote in a release.
"Information provided through the course of the investigation indicates that the suspect was an Army veteran and others have identified him as a loner. The suspect's Facebook account included the following names and information: Fahed Hassen, Richard GRIFFIN aka Professor Griff, GRIFFIN embraces a radical form of Afrocentrism, and GRIFFIN wrote a book A Warriors Tapestry."
The Army tells AP that Johnson served in the Army Reserve and did one tour in Afghanistan. Johnson was a private first class from Mesquite, Texas, the Army says. His military occupational specialty was carpentry and masonry and his service dates, as provided by the Army, are March 2009 to April 2015, AP reports. The Army says Johnson deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014.
Thursday night, Johnson engaged in a standoff with Dallas officers in a parking garage at El Centro College.
Raycom News Network reports that Johnson spoke with a police negotiator before attempts to get him to surrender broke down, and they exchanged gunfire. He died when a DPD robot carried in a bomb that detonated.
A possible motive
Johnson told police he "wanted to kill white officers," Police Chief David Brown said during a news conference.
Brown also said the man did not claim affiliation with any group and was acting on his own.
During the standoff, Brown said the suspect stated that he was upset about recent police shootings and that he "wanted to kill white officers," Brown said. The chief added that all leads will be pursued. "We're not going to let a coward who would ambush police officers change our democracy."
Officials called for unity Friday morning, asking for prayer and peace.
Remembering the victims
A Navy veteran and a newlywed were among the victims, RNN reports. Police have released the identity of three of the victims. Brent Thompson, 43, was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer who had recently married, according to DART.
Another officer, Patrick Zamarripa, was a Navy veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Zamarripa was married and had a 2-year-old daughter, according to the Washington Post.
A third victim, Micahel Krol, also was killed in the attack. Krol, 40, previous worked for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department before his employment with DPD, the sheriff's office said.
Dallas police officer Michael Smith has been identified as a fourth victim, according to WFAA-TV. Smith served as an Army Ranger and had two daughters, the station reports.
Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens also died in the attack, the Dallas Morning News says. The paper said he served DPD for 14 years.
A bystander shared video from the incident on Facebook. In the video, which contains explicit language, multiple shots can be heard.
Support pours in
Throughout the day, support poured in from East Texas law enforcement agencies.
Tyler Police Department organized a vigil for Monday, while Smith County Sheriff's Office held a moment of silence at noon in Downtown Tyler on the square. Rusk County Sheriff's Office and the Rusk County District Attorney's Office announced a meeting at noon on the steps of the courthouse to pray for victims' families. Similar events were planned in Hallsville and Wills Point. See more on vigils taking place across East Texas here.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also announced that flags would be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the victims. The flags will be lowered Friday through sunset on July 12.
The Dallas shooting followed two officer-involved shootings earlier this week in Minnesota and Louisiana. The protest in Dallas was one of many across the country in response to the fatal shootings, both of which were recorded and widely circulated.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw released a statement in the wake of the shootings, saying that the department has and will continue to provide support during the investigation.
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