Investigation of Dallas police ambush incomplete


Tribune News Service

DALLAS

In many ways, the Dallas Police Department is stronger after the July 7 ambush in which officers were killed, but there are still unanswered questions as detectives pick away at the investigation.

The officers were protecting demonstrators protesting police shootings of black men around the country when Micah Johnson opened fire about 9 p.m. July 7. In the initial chaos, police believed there was more than one shooter.

Several hours later, former Dallas Police Chief David Brown ordered officers to use a remote-controlled robot armed with explosives to kill Johnson.

Investigators quickly determined Johnson was the only shooter. They sorted through bullet casings spread across a big downtown crime scene. They reviewed video and 170 hours of body-camera footage. They interviewed the 11 officers who fired their weapons that night and the two officers who used the explosive device that killed Johnson.

And that investigation continues. The FBI is still processing evidence. When that’s finished, Dallas police detectives will review it before sending the case to the Dallas County district attorney’s office.

A grand jury will hear the case and determine whether criminal charges are necessary against the officers who fired their weapons and deployed the robot July 7. It’s a routine procedure in all shootings involving police.

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