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Dallas sniper attack: What we know

A sniper who killed five Dallas police officers on Thursday has been identified as Micah Johnson, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, the Dallas police chief said.

    The lead-up to the attack

    The shooting happened as largely peaceful protests unfolded around the U.S. after the police shooting of black man Philando Castile on Wednesday during a traffic stop near St. Paul, Minnesota.


    The day earlier, police in Baton Rouge had shot dead Alton Sterling while responding to a call alleging he had threatened someone with a gun.



    Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile is pictured as people gather to protest his fatal shooting by Minneapolis area police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, in St.
    Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Bettcher
     
    A protester is detained by NYPD officer as people demonstrate against the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march along Manhattan's streets in New York July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz 
    People take part in a protest against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march through Manhattan on July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz 
    A woman chants out of the window of a bus as a group of protesters demonstrate near a prayer vigil in memory of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman 
    Protesters, marching against the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, hold placards towards members of the New York Police Department on motorbikes in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 7, 2016. 
    A door with handles in the likeness of the Oakland Police patch is seen splashed with red paint outside the Oakland Police headquarters during a protest against police shootings that lead to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam 
     
     

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    In the words of the police

    Here is footage of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who says that Johnson told negotiators "the end is coming".


    Suspect killed by bomb-carrying robot

    Police killed the gunman, identified by a U.S. government source as Micah Xavier Johnson, using a bomb-carrying robot after an hours-long standoff. 

    The U.S. Army said Johnson had served as a private first class in the Army Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014.


    FBI investigators look over the crime scene in Dallas, Texas, July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 

    These were calls from Dallas police to their dispatch: "Shots fired, officer down," said one man, who appears to be at the police dispatch. "We got a guy with a long rifle. We don't know where the hell he's at," said a responding police officer.

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