Police: Bomb making materials, ballistic vests found in Dallas shooter’s home
DALLAS, Texas– Multiple county, state, and federal agencies are assisting in the investigation and scene processing of Thursday night’s shooting.
Detectives have interviewed over 200 officers and at least 12 discharged their weapon in the line of duty.
A 25-year-old male, Brandon Waller, was arrested at the scene of the protests Thursday on unrelated weapons charges.
Deceased shooting suspect, Micah Johnson, had no criminal history.
Authorities believe rage led the reclusive former Army reservist to kill five Dallas police officers and wound seven others, as well as two civilians, and plunge a country reeling from this week’s police shootings of two black men deeper into shock and grief.
Johnson was honored with an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a campaign star, an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, an Armed Forces Reserve Medal and a NATO Medal during his time in the service.
The 25-year-old gunman said “he wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers” and “expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” the Chief Brown of Dallas police said.
Brown told reporters that in an exchange with police before his death, Johnson said he was acting alone and had no ties to terror groups.
Investigators found several aliases through the suspect’s Facebook account, including Fahed Hassen, Richard Griffin aka Professor Griff.
They also learned through social media that Johnson embraced a radical form of Afrocentrism and that he wrote a book called A Warrior’s Tapestry.
A search of the suspect’s home led to the discovery of bomb making materials, ballistic vests, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics.