Gov. McCrory orders flags to be lowered to half-staff after officers killed in Dallas

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory on Friday ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be immediately lowered to half-staff through sunset on Tuesday in honor of the Dallas police officers who were killed on Thursday.

“Ann and I are heartbroken after the terrible tragedy in Dallas. Our prayers go out to our dedicated law enforcement officers across our nation and our state who risk their lives every day to protect and serve. During times like this, we must all come together and support one another in our communities,” said Governor McCrory in a prepared statement.

Twelve officers were shot — five are dead and seven injured — after a protest held in downtown Dallas. The protests were in response to the deadly officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Investigators identified the dead attacker as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who’d served in Afghanistan.

Police searched his home Friday and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. They are analyzing information in the journal, police said in a statement.

Investigators determined Johnson was “the lone shooter in this incident,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, confirming what federal officials had told CNN.

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