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Police: City is safe; Dallas shooter was the lone attacker

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Micah Xavier Johnson, suspect who was killed after a standoff in the ambush of 12 Dallas police officers on Friday. (PHOTO: Facebook) Micah Xavier Johnson, suspect who was killed after a standoff in the ambush of 12 Dallas police officers on Friday. (PHOTO: Facebook)
Statement from Dallas PD's Twitter Statement from Dallas PD's Twitter
DALLAS -

UPDATE: 12 police officers were shot, five are dead. Two civilians were shot in the incident last night.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says authorities believe a 25-year-old suspect in the attack that killed five police officers and wounded seven others was the lone attacker and that the city is safe.
    
Rawlings said at a news conference Friday that he believes the city can start healing now.
    
Police killed the suspect, Micah Xavier Johnson, using a robot-delivered bomb after they say negotiations with him failed. Two civilians also were wounded.
    
Gov. Greg Abbott says that although investigators believe Johnson was the only gunman, he thinks it's imperative to make sure that there weren't any co-conspirators or people who may have known in advance about the attack.

Chief David Brown said at a news conference Friday that the suspect said he was upset about recent police shootings and wanted to kill white people, particularly white officers.

NBC News reports that Micah Johnson is an Army veteran, and that he left the Army Reserve in 2015, nine months after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. According to an employment application obtained by NBC News, he was working as an aide for mentally challenged children and adults before Thursday's mass shooting.

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Four police officers are dead and several more are wounded after snipers started shooting at a rally in Dallas, the local NBC affiliate reports. The rally was organized in protest of the deadly officer-involved shootings in other cities this week.

Police say 11 officers were shot by two snipers. Four of those officers died, and three more were in critical condition Thursday night. Police also say one civilian was wounded.

In a live press conference at 10:30 p.m. PST, police said that three people were in custody in connection to the shootings; and a fourth suspect was exchanging gunfire with officers. That suspect made several threats during negotiations with police. Police say the suspect said that the "end was near", that he will "hurt more officers", and that there are "many more bombs" planted in the downtown Dallas area.

NBC-DFW says that law enforcement is investigating the possibility that the suspects may have planted bombs downtown.

The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover. 

Several hundred people were gathered at the Thursday night rally, where they began their march through downtown in protest of the shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

"We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves to triangulate on our officers and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.

Police  tweeted out a photo of a person of interest, who then turned himself into police.

NBC DFW talked to the brother of that suspect, who said his brother had nothing to do with the shooting, and turned over his gun to police when the shooting started.

Thursday night, several local agencies began posting support for Dallas on social media.

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