Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a suspected gunman of the overnight attack in Texas claimed he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” According to Brown the suspect claimed to be angry about the recent police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Brown said the gunman made the comments before being killed by a police-controlled robot explosive. He also spoke with police about Black Lives Matter. The gunman claimed he was not affiliated with the group and acted on his own. Police are investigating whether or not he was officially affiliated with the group.
The gunman was cornered on the second floor of a parking garage for hours before police were forced to end the standoff.
“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 at white people, the suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Five police officers were killed in the coordinated attack at a Black Lives Matter protest on Thursday night. Seven more were injured. It is believed that at least two shooters were involved in the attack.
Several leaders from the black community have come out condemning the gunman and his actions. Al Sharpton quickly blamed police brutality.
Watch Chief David Brown’s full statement below.