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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Says City Is Safe After Police Shooting

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said his city is safe after an investigation into a shooting left five police officers dead.

The only suspect in the shooting was killed by law enforcement, Rawlings said in a press conference Friday evening. Other suspects who had previously been detained were released after police determined that they were not connected to the incident.

“We believe now that the city is safe,” he said.

The shooting occurred Thursday night during a protest over mistreatment of black men at the hands of law enforcement. The deceased suspect, identified as Micah Johnson, 25, had said he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” according to authorities.

Rawlings and Texas Governor Greg Abbott praised law enforcement officers and said the community would overcome the tragedy.

“It seems as though the sole suspect now has received his justice,” Abbott said on Friday. “We need to move forward with everyday lives knowing Texas is going to be unaffected by this act of cowardice.”

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