DART police receive grant to cover sniper shooting expenses

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DALLAS — Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police will receive funds totaling approximately $226,000 from the Texas state government.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott approved the grants in January as part of his ongoing response to last July's sniper shooting in downtown, Dallas. The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, killed four Dallas Police Department officers and one DART police officer who were guarding a downtown protest against police violence. Nine other officers and two civilians were wounded. Dallas police later killed the shooter using an explosive device attached to a robot.

The grants will be paid with a portion of Homeland Security funds administered by the governor. The majority of the funds have been earmarked to help the Dallas Police Department purchase better personal protective gear for officers. The transit agency says its percentage of the money will help increase police presence on trains and at transit stations.

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