Dallas Gunman Planned Larger Attack, Chief Says
DALLAS—The gunman who killed five police officers in Dallas had enough bomb-making materials in his home to lead the authorities to believe he was planning a larger attack, the city’s police chief said on Sunday. He provided new details of how the gunman had been singing, laughing and asking how many officers he had killed during two hours of negotiations before he was killed by a bomb-equipped robot.
David O. Brown, the police chief, said evidence showed that Micah Johnson, 25, an African-American Army Reserve veteran who told the police that he wanted to kill white officers, had been practicing detonations and that the explosive material had the potential “to have devastating effects throughout our city and our North Texas area.”
“We’re convinced this suspect had other plans and that that what he was doing was righteous,” Chief Brown said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said he believed Mr. Johnson’s aim was to “make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color,” including fatal police shootings of African-Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota in the days before the ambush. Those deaths, the chief said, prompted Mr. Johnson to “fasttrack” plans to kill police officers.
The details emerged on Sunday as the nation was immersed in protests, vigils and calls for peace from many pulpits after the week of unsettling violence that culminated in the attack on officers in Dallas, which turned a peaceful demonstration against the killings of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., and of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, La., into a scene of bloodshed and
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