Conflict & Justice

Military: Dallas shooting suspect was veteran of Afghan conflict

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Marchers protested peacefully against police shootings of black men in Dallas, Texas, before a sniper opened fire on police and protesters.
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The man named as the key suspect in the deadly Dallas shooting rampage was an army reservist who had served in Afghanistan, the US military said on Friday.



Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old identified by US media as the main shooter in the assault that left five police officers dead, served with US forces in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, an Army statement said.

The Texas resident served as an active reservist for six years from 2009 to 2015, holding the rank of Private First Class and specializing in carpentry and masonry.

Johnson lived in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, according to US media. He was killed in a tense showdown with police after the shootings Thursday night.

Seven police officers and two civilians were also wounded in the chaotic fray in Dallas, one of many places across the United States where protests erupted over the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier this week.

Dallas police said the suspect told negotiators he was upset about the recent fatal police shootings of black men, and wanted to kill white people — specifically, white cops.

CNN, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, said Johnson had no criminal record or known ties to extremists.

The network broadcast what it said was a photograph of the suspect, a black man with a short beard shown with his fist raised and wearing an African-style print tunic.