2016 shooting of Dallas police officers

Coordinates: 32°46′46.4″N 96°48′15.4″W / 32.779556°N 96.804278°W / 32.779556; -96.804278
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2016 shooting of Dallas police officers
Memorial service for the five police officers killed in the shooting.
LocationMain Street and S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates32°46′46.4″N 96°48′15.4″W / 32.779556°N 96.804278°W / 32.779556; -96.804278
DateJuly 7–8, 2016
8:58 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. (CT)
TargetPolice officer
Attack type
Mass shooting,[1] mass murder, shootout, ambush
Deaths6 (including the perpetrator)
11 (9 officers, 2 civilians)
PerpetratorMicah Xavier Johnson
MotiveBacklash to police brutality[3][4][5]

The 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers was an incident in which five police officers were killed by a man with a gun in Dallas, Texas. Six other officers and a civilian were also injured.[6]

Earlier in the week, two black men were killed by police: one in Louisiana, another in Minnesota. In Dallas on July 7, people protested against police brutality. The protest was not violent.[source?] But just before 9 p.m. (Central time) while the protest was ending, Micah Xavier Johnson began shooting police officers. A suspicious package was found near the area.[7]

President Barack Obama spoke against the attacks, saying the shootings were a "vicious, calculated, despicable attack" and a "tremendous tragedy."[8]

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  1. Cite error: The named reference WashPost.Lone was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  2. "Dallas Gunman Micah Johnson Used Assault-Style Rifle: Law Enforcement". NBC News. July 13, 2016.
  3. "Dallas Police shed light on gunman's possible motives". ABC News. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset with white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill racist white people, especially white officers.
  4. Bruton, F. Brinley; Smith, Alexander; Chuck, Elizabeth; Helsel, Phil (July 7, 2016). "Dallas Police 'Ambush': 12 Officers Shot, 5 Killed During Protest". NBC News. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. Shapiro, Emily; Jacobo, Julia; Wash, Stephanie (July 9, 2016). "Dallas Shooting Suspect Micah Xavier Johnson Had Rifles, Bomb-Making Materials in His Home, Police Say". ABC News. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  6. "Five Officers Killed, Seven Others Wounded". Independent. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  7. Osborne, Ryan; Boyd, Deanna. "5 Officers Killed, Others Wounded". Star-Telegram. Retrieved Jul 8, 2016.
  8. "Dallas sniper worked alone, had bomb-making material, police say". ABC News. Retrieved Jul 8, 2016.