DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas police chief defended the department’s use of a robot-delivered bomb to kill the suspect in Thursday’s shooting.
Chief David Brown said at a news conference Monday that the suspect, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, had “already killed us in a grave way, and officers were in surgery that didn’t make it.”
Brown added: “This wasn’t an ethical dilemma for me.”
Brown described the robot, which he said was purchased in 2008 for $151,000, and is still functional.
Johnson shot at killed five officers and wounded 9 officers and two civilians in downtown Dallas.
Brown said police are taking all threats as credible in the wake of the shooting.
Brown said that they have to do that for the sake of their families. He pointed to a threat he received from a private Facebook page to the Dallas Police Department’s page that is being investigated.
Authorities are downloading more than 170 hours of officers’ body camera footage and collecting “countless hours” of dashcam video as well.
Brown said 11 officers fired weapons at Johnson and that two used an explosive device.
The parents of Dallas shooter Micah Johnson say they are surprised by his violent rampage and note he returned from an Army deployment to Afghanistan a changed man.
Johnson’s father, James Johnson, said in an interview posted on TheBlaze website Monday that he “didn’t see it coming.” Through tears, Johnson says: “I hate what he did.”
His mother, Delphine Johnson, says that as a child her son wanted to join the police, but that after serving six years in the Army Reserves, he became a “hermit.”
The family says Micah Johnson never showed signs of hatred for certain groups of people, but that he hated “injustice.”