Should we consider ourselves ‘lucky’ this man got greedy and decided to shoot earlier than planned? No. But if he did follow his original plan, there would have been a lot more fatalities.
The gunman who killed five cops in Dallas was planning a larger attack but launched his assault early because the protest was too good an opportunity to miss, a police source said.
Veteran Micah Johnson went on the rampage with an AR-15 assault rifle and handgun on Thursday night, but left explosive material at home.
A law enforcement source told WFAA that Johnson was ‘planning something bigger’ but cut preparations short because he knew scores of police officers would man the Black Lives Matter protest.
Detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics at Johnson’s mother’s home in Mesquite, Texas, the day after his horrific spree.
‘We think he was probably planning something bigger based on what we found at the house with the explosive materials,’ the police source said.
‘He had a bunch of explosive materials. He didn’t have the explosives created.’
Johnson’s plan was ‘to kill as many as he could’, the source said, but he could have killed more if he had longer to prepare his attack.
‘I think that target of opportunity is what drove him as far as timing,’ the source said.
‘He literally had hundreds and hundreds of rounds in magazines attached to his body so it wasn’t like he was running out of ammunition.
‘He definitely was ready to go and intending to inflict more damage. His plan was to kill as many as he could.’
Johnson shot 14 people during his cop-killing spree in downtown Dallas. Of those, 12 were police officers. Five cops – Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael J. Smith, as well as DART Officer Brent Thompson – died.
Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms took evidence boxes out of the house after finding rifles, ammunition and explosive material, as well as different lengths of pipe.
Cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College at around 11pm on Thursday and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect.