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Dallas Police Chief: Shooter Scrawled In Blood And Trained In His Yard


1075018-11-20160710093715Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks at Dallas City Hall on Friday, July 8, 2016.   (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

According to Newser….At the scene where (Micah Johnson) was killed, he wrote some lettering in blood on the wall,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown tells CNN in an interview Sunday. “Which leads us to believe that he was wounded on the way up.” Brown says that Johnson scrawled the letters “RB” in his own blood, and that investigators are trying to decipher the significance of that. Other highlights from Brown’s wide-ranging interview, via Politico, the Hill, and the AP:
  • On the five-hour standoff with Johnson: “He just basically lied to us, playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many did he get and that he wanted to kill some more and that there were bombs there so there was no progress on the negotiation. And I began to feel that it was only at a split second he would charge us and take out many more before we would kill him.”
  • On his decision to use a robot to take out Johnson: After telling his officers to use “your creativeness to come up with a plan” to end the standoff, they came back with “a device to detonate behind the corner within a few feet of where he was that would take him out. And I approved it. And I’ll do it again if presented with the same circumstances.”
  • On critics of that decision: “I just don’t give any quarter to critics who ask these types of questions from the comforts and safety away from the incident. So, you know, that’s not worth my time to debate at this point. We believe that we saved lives by making this decision. And you know, again, I appreciate critics, but they’re not on the ground and their lives are not being put at risk by debating what tactics to take. And I’ll leave that to them for a later discussion.”

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Newser has also been discovered that Micah Johnson practiced military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defense school that teaches special tactics, including “shooting on the move,” a maneuver in which an attacker fires and changes position before firing again. Micah Johnson, an Army veteran, received instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago, said the school’s founder and chief instructor, Justin Everman.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described Johnson as “a mobile shooter” who had written manifestos on how to “shoot and move.” Authorities have said the 25-year-old gunman kept a journal of combat tactics and had amassed a personal arsenal at his home, including bomb-making materials, rifles, and ammunition, reports the AP.

The academy website refers to one of its courses as a “tactical applications program,” or TAP. “Reality is highly dynamic, you will be drawing your firearm, moving, shooting on the move, fixing malfunctions, etc. all under high levels of stress,” the website says. The TAP training includes “shooting from different positions,” ”drawing under stress” and “drawing from concealment.” More recently, a neighbor reported to investigators that Johnson had been seen practicing some sort of military drill in his backyard. Tensions were still high as the Dallas police department tightened security Saturday evening after receiving an anonymous threat. Earlier, President Obama called Johnson a “demented individual” who does not represent black Americans any more than a white man accused of killing blacks at a church in Charleston, SC, represents whites. “So we cannot let the actions of a few define all of us,” Obama said.

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