Dallas Shooter Had Plans for Larger Attack, Says Police Chief

More clues emerged over the weekend about plans being hatched by Micah Xavier Johnson (25), the former United States army reservist from Mesquite, Texas who perpetrated the worst targeted attack on U.S. law enforcement officers in modern times.

They say he had a journal containing combat tactics and an arsenal two years in the making, including guns and bomb-making materials - enough, police say, to cause devastating effects to Dallas and the surrounding area.

Military technology expert and author of "Wired for War" Peter Singer told Gizmodo this was the first real instance wherein police used a lethal tactical robot to kill a criminal suspect.

"He thought what he was doing was righteous and believed he was going to make us pay for what he saw as law enforcement's efforts to punish people of colour".

Dallas Police Chief David Brown's week from hell, in which a sniper murdered five of his officers at a demonstration, should have broken him.

Explosives found at Johnson's home suggested he had been plotting a larger assault, according to authorities who were still trying to understand a message he wrote in his own blood - the initials "R.B." - on a wall before being killed by the bomb-equipped robot.

"Policing was never meant to solve these problems", Brown said. "And I'll do it again if presented with the same circumstances". "I didn't see it coming", his father, James Johnson, said through tears.

"I don't know what to say to anybody to make anything better".

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Brown said he faced a hard choice - with no way to send officers after the gunman without further jeopardizing their lives.

The event was in response to the police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, earlier in the week. "I began to feel it was a split second before he would charge us and take out many more before we could kill him".

Johnson was killed by a bomb-equipped robot but Chief Brown said before that he sang, laughed at and taunted officers, and said he wanted to "kill white people" in retribution for police killings of black people.

Speaking to CBS' Face the Nation, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings defended police action, saying that they felt Johnson's threats of more violence were legitimate. "We spent a lot of time with SWAT forces talking to this individual, trying to bring him out peacefully".

He also encouraged Americans to "stand up" to support police officers.

Close to 100 people were arrested there as 21 police officers were injured.

"They are very grateful for the police", Lawrence Jones from TheBlaze said during an interview on MSNBC Tuesday.

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