The man who killed five police officers during a protest in Dallas reportedly expressed his desire to "kill white people" prior to the murders.
The shooter, who was ultimately killed by a police bomb blast, was angry about recent instances of police brutality around the country and planned to shoot officers in response.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter, he was upset at the recent police shootings,” Dallas police chief David Brown said, Independent reported. “He was upset at white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Brown said that the department’s use of a bomb to kill the suspect was a last resort.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” he said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb."
Five officers were killed and seven others injured in the ambush — making it the deadliest single incident for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
“All I know is that this must stop -- this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Brown added. “We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event."
Brown told CNN that an investigation was well underway.
“I’m not going to be satisfied until we've turned over every stone,” he said. “So if there's someone out there who's associated with this, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will bring you to justice."
Speaking from the NATO Summit in Poland, President Barack Obama condemned the shootings and promised justice.
“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” he said. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done."