The man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old with no criminal history or ties to terror groups. Johnson , from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas, is a US Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre.
‘The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,’ Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference. But while he professed a hatred for white people, it appears his stepmother, Donna Ferrier Johnson, a teacher from Dallas schools, was white
After Johnson’s name was released, his sister wrote a post on Facebook asking for ‘respect for my family’
Micah Johnson (right) pictured with his brother Tevin (left) and sister Nicole (center)
Johnson’s father James (right) remarried Dallas teacher Donna (left)
Other sources described Johnson as ‘a loner’