The gunman who killed five police officers in Dallas, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, displayed a noticeable change in behavior after being discharged from the U.S. Army in 2015, the shooter’s parents told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview set to air later this week.
After refusing to speak to the media, the family reached out personally to TheBlaze’s Lawrence Jones after seeing him on television. On Sunday, Jones sat down with Johnson’s parents and stepmother at the mother’s Mesquite, Texas, home where investigators said they found rifles, ammunition, “bomb-making materials” and a journal of combat tactics.
Delphine Johnson, the gunman’s mother, said she watched her son transform from a fun-loving extrovert into a “hermit” after his military service, which spanned roughly six years and included a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. While the parents couldn’t recall their son mentioning any particular incident that may have been traumatic during his time as a U.S. Army reservist, they agreed something had changed.
Growing up as a kid, Johnson actually wanted to be a police officer and later became “gung-ho” about enlisting the military, the mother recalled.
“He loved his country,” she said. “He wanted to protect his country.”
But Johnson’s idealism seemed to fade away over time, and was replaced by disappointment and resentment toward the government.
Source: The Blaze | Jason Howerton