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Video: Dallas Chief Details Why Gunman was Killed with Bomb, Dismisses Critics

July 11, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Dallas Chief Details Why Gunman was Killed with Bomb, Dismisses Critics

The gunman who killed five Dallas police officers in a shooting spree Thursday night scrawled the letters "RB" on a wall with his blood before he was killed with a remote-controlled robot carrying a bomb, Police Chief David Brown said Sunday.

Brown told CNN the letters and other markings indicated Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was wounded in a shootout with police during a protest march Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Brown said investigators were going through Johnson's laptop, journals and cellphones trying to determine the significance of the letters and other scrawlings.

Brown said the Army veteran demanded a black negotiator, which he got. As negotiations dragged on, Brown said he became concerned that Johnson "would charge us and take out many more" officers.

"He just basically lied to us, playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many did he get and that he wanted to kill some more," Brown said.

Brown said Johnson was shooting on the move — a tactic he studied at a local self-defense school about two years ago, school founder Justin Everman told the Associated Press.

Johnson was finally cornered behind a brick wall in a parking garage, but Brown determined that any attempt to arrest or shoot him would be too dangerous. Brown said he approved using the bomb, which he described as about one pound of C4 set off with detonating cord, according to USA Today.

He dismissed critics who suggested Johnson could have been subdued with non-lethal weapons such as tear gas. "I don't give much quarter to those who ask these type of questions from comfort and safety away from the incident," Brown said.

Comments (5)

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Mike Sharp @ 7/11/2016 7:11 PM

It's nice to see a chief stand up for his guys and his decision to take out a threat by what ever means possible. Good work Chief Brown , you're a breath of fresh air in a climate flooded with administrators weighing critics opinion over keeping the community and your officers safe.

OTJ Blue @ 7/11/2016 7:36 PM

Chief Brown, you are a chief, a true leader. Dismiss the BS and tell it like it is. Protectors will protect, even if the protected scoff and says, "you shoulda..."

Sgt Hartman @ 7/12/2016 6:51 AM

Chief Brown said all the right things yesterday at the press conference. I especially liked his comments about police chiefs should be concerned about doing what's right verses being concerned about hanging on to their jobs (paraphrase). It's refreshing to hear. I worked for a chief for 5 years who would've thrown anybody under the bus to save his own backside. I don't know what it's like to work for Chief Brown, but he definitely sounds awesome when he gives a press conference. Kudos chief!!!

Jim Duncan @ 7/12/2016 1:54 PM

I am a retired police Sergeant & have 30 yrs plus experience in a department that was busy. I believe the Chief showed great decision making ability and did not freeze under pressure. He acted in a manner to WIN! Not loose !!
As for his critics call your mom next time someone is kicking down your door at 3am!

Jim Duncan @ 7/12/2016 1:57 PM

For all the ninnies who are complaining---- call ur mom next time someone is kicking down your door at 3am!!

Chief Brown I am a retired Sergeant with 30 years experience in a very busy department---I would have enjoyed to be your Sergeant!

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