Mayhem broke out in Dallas, Texas Thursday night as a peaceful rally turned violent when snipers took aim at police. Twelve officers were shot in total, and five of them killed in the incident.
Micah Xavier Johnson has been identified by multiple media outlets as one of the alleged snipers.
The Los Angeles Times and CBS News, citing anonymous law enforcement officials, reported that Johnson, a 25-year-old resident of the Dallas area, was the suspect killed by police using a “bomb robot” following a standoff in a parking garage.
According to the Times, Johnson had no known criminal history or ties to terror groups and has relatives in Mesquite, Texas, east of Dallas.
The Associated Press reported that investigators could be seen walking in and out of a home in Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas, believed to belong to Micah Xavier Johnson.
In a press conference early Friday morning, Police Chief David O. Brown said they are currently aware of four suspects, three of which are in custody. The other suspect was holed up at a parking garage in El Centro college; police are currently negotiating with the suspect in an active standoff as of 1:45 a.m. ET.
Two people were brought into custody after a black Mercedes was spotted speeding away from the scene with a suspicious bag; police are currently questioning the driver and the passenger, but say they are not being cooperative. Brown said they aren’t confident that they have everyone involved in the incident, and asked anyone with information to submit tips here.
The official Twitter account of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit confirmed one fatality was a transit officer saying, “Four DART police officers were shot in downtown Dallas. 1 deceased, others not life-threatening.”
The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.
Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
TV cameras showed the search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments.
The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners. Mayor Mike Rawlings warned people who work downtown to consider staying home from work Friday morning, as many streets will still be closed to assist with the investigation.
On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was purportedly livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video.
A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.
Other protests across the U.S. on Thursday were peaceful. In midtown Manhattan, protesters first gathered in Union Square Park where they chanted “The people united, never be divided!” and “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”
In Minnesota, where Castile was shot, hundreds of protesters marched in the rain from a vigil to the governor’s official residence. Protesters also marched in Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.
(Files from Global News and the Associated Press)