Police say Dallas shooter had plans for bigger attack

July 11, 2016 GMT

The gunman in the deadly attack on Dallas police had plans for a larger assault and had enough explosive material to inflict far greater harm, the city’s police chief and top elected official said.

Micah Johnson, a black Army veteran, began firing on officers while hundreds of people were gathered in downtown Dallas to protest recent fatal police shootings. Authorities have said Johnson, 25, kept a journal of combat tactics and had amassed a personal arsenal at his home that included bomb-making materials.

“We’re convinced that this suspect had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous and believed that he was going to target law enforcement — make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

The fact that Johnson had material for explosives and talked of using homemade bombs during a standoff with police before he was killed indicated he could have inflicted more damage with more time, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“If this had not been a crime of opportunity where the protest was quickly organized in response to events in the same week ... he could have caused a lot more harm than he did,” Jenkins said.

Five officers were fatally shot in the attacks, and at least nine officers and two civilians were wounded.

Also Sunday, Brown revealed new details about Johnson’s negotiations with police, saying that Johnson taunted authorities, laughing at them, singing and at one point asking how many officers he had shot.