DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of police officers in Dallas (all times local):

25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, suspect in the deadly shooting of Dallas police officers.

1:55 p.m.

A friend of a man suspected in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers says his friend was educated and “wasn’t really political.”

Israel Cooper says 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson “wasn’t one of those, ‘ah man, white cops, blacks cops, you know’” kind of people.

A Texas law enforcement official identified Johnson to The Associated Press as a suspect who was killed by police with a robot-delivered bomb. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information.

Cooper says he played basketball with Johnson dozens of times near Johnson’s suburban Dallas house. He says the last time he saw Johnson was a about week ago and that Johnson was “cool” with a “good vibe.”

Cooper says when he heard Johnson was a suspect he couldn’t believe it because Johnson wasn’t “a violent or rough dude.”


1:30 p.m.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP)

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an open letter to the people of Texas in response to the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded seven others.

Abbott titled the letter “A Time To Come Together,” and posted it online Friday. He also provided it to The Dallas Morning News.

In the letter, Abbott asks for prayers and underlines that “every life matters.” He urges Texans to come together and says “Texans are the first to open their hearts, their homes, their wallets to offer charity and love.”

Abbott closes by saying he has faith in the goodness of Texas and of America, “for in the end, evil always fails.”


1:25 p.m.

NASCAR has conducted a five-minute moment of silence to honor five Dallas police officers killed by snipers in an attack Thursday night.

Spokesman Kerry Tharp said Friday that Speedway Motorsports Inc. president Marcus Smith asked teams and drivers at Kentucky Speedway to participate in the silent tribute to coincide with the city’s planned ceremony for the officers at the same time. The PA played a bagpipe recording of “Amazing Grace” when the moment of silence ended.

Seven other officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, which took place during a protest over this week’s killings by police of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.


1:20 p.m.


Rep. Roger Williams (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A Texas Republican blames the words and actions of President Barack Obama and other prominent leaders for contributing to the deadly violence that occurred between police and individuals in Dallas.

Rep. Roger Williams said in a statement Friday that the “spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president, have contributed to the modern day hostility we are witnessing between the police and those they serve.”

The shooting late Thursday left five police officers dead and seven wounded. Two civilians were also hurt.

Williams’ statement contrasts with the somber tone on the House floor and the effort by Republicans and Democrats to speak with one voice against the violence.


1 p.m.


People join hands as they take part in a prayer vigil at Thanksgiving Square, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting during what began as a peaceful protest in the city the night before. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a shooting attack that left five police officers dead was “well planned.”

Speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil in downtown Dallas on Friday, Brown called the shootings the previous night a “well-thought-out evil tragedy,” saying his force “won’t rest until we bring everyone involved to justice.”

Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths were represented at the vigil that was attended by hundreds.

Seven other police officers were wounded in the shooting during a protest over the killing of Black men by White police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two civilians were also hurt, but Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has said no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Brown has blamed “snipers,” but it is unclear how many shooters were involved in Thursday’s attack.


12:45 p.m.


People are lined up to attend a campaign event with Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Scranton, Pa. Later the event was canceled because of the shootings in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas Thursday night, during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have put off political events out of respect for five police officers fatally shot during a protest in Dallas.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has postponed a rally scheduled for Friday in Pennsylvania, but still plans to travel to Philadelphia for a scheduled appearance at the African Methodist Episcopal Convention.

Trump has canceled his plans to address Hispanics in Miami on Friday.

The presumptive Republican nominee denounced the police deaths as “a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.” Clinton says she is mourning the officers killed “while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters.”

Seven other police officers and two civilians were injured in the shooting attack during the rally to protest killings of Black men by White police officers.


12:35 p.m.


Investigators leave the home of Micah Xavier Johnson in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero and Facebook)

Authorities have apparently finished an initial search of the home of a suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers.

Agents in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives vests on Friday carried several bags of unknown materials from 25-year-old Micah Johnson’s home in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.

Authorities stopped blocking off the street just before noon. No one answered a knock on the door at the home.

A Texas law enforcement official identified Johnson to The Associated Press as a suspect who was killed by police with a robot-delivered bomb. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information.

The attack began Thursday at a downtown Dallas protest over the recent killings by police of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Five officers were killed and seven others were wounded. Two civilians were also wounded.

Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report.


12:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says Micah Xavier Johnson, named as a suspect in the Dallas police shootings, served in the Army Reserve and did one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Army says Johnson was a private first class and his home of record is Mesquite, Texas. His military occupational specialty was carpentry and masonry.

His service dates, as provided by the Army, are March 2009 to April 2015.

The Army says Johnson deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014.


12:15 p.m.

One of the organizers of the downtown Dallas protest where five police officers were shot and killed says he doesn’t recognize a man identified as a suspected shooter.

Pastor Jeff Hood said Friday that he had never heard of 25-year-old Micah Johnson. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Johnson is the suspect who died in a lengthy overnight standoff with police.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he said he was not authorized to release the information. Dallas Police Chief David Brown says the suspect in the standoff had told police he was acting alone and wasn’t affiliated with a group.

Hood says he began screaming “active shooter!” at hundreds of fellow demonstrators once gunfire erupted at the march to protest the recent fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report.


11:55 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush says he and former first lady Laura Bush are heartbroken about the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

Praising the professionalism of the city’s police department, Bush said in a statement Friday from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, that the couple is also praying for the seven officers who were wounded in the attack Thursday. Two civilians were also wounded and police killed a suspect.

He says, “Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities.”

Bush congratulated the city’s leaders on their response to the shootings and says he is proud to call Dallas his home.


11:50 a.m.

Some Black Lives Matter supporters are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King says on Twitter that he hates police brutality but doesn’t hate police. He says: “This violence is wrong on every level.”

Center for Media Justice director Malkia Cyril says her “heart hurts for the dead.”

Cyril and King also defended the Black Lives Matter movement.

She writes that it “advocates dignity, justice and freedom, not the murder of cops.” King says anyone blaming Black Lives Matter “is sick.” He says protesters were peaceful and the shootings “terrorized them too.”