Dallas shooter not connected to terrorists

White House says that man who killed police officers in Dallas did not have connections to terrorist organizations.

Ben Ariel, Canada,

Site of Dallas shooting
Site of Dallas shooting
Reuters

Investigators have determined that the shooter in Dallas, who killed five police officers Thursday night, did not have any connection to terrorist organizations, the White House said on Friday, according to Reuters.

"It is my understanding that investigators have now publicly ruled out the possibility that the individual who carried out this terrible act of violence had any sort of connections to terrorist organizations either in the United States or around the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Warsaw, where President Barack Obama had attended a NATO summit.

"I don't think that there's a link to any sort of terrorist conspiracy," Earnest added.

Investigators have identified the dead suspect in the shooting as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas.

Johnson was killed after a lengthy standoff with police, and reportedly told negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people -- especially white officers -- and that he acted alone.

Earlier on Friday, Cleveland police officials said they had tightened their security plan for the July 18-21 Republican National Convention following the deadly shootings in Dallas.

The Dallas shooting comes weeks after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Unlike the incident in Dallas, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group during a phone call with authorities during his rampage.

It has also been revealed that he took to social media during the massacre to declare support for ISIS, writing, among other things, “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes… now taste the Islamic State vengeance.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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