The parents of the sniper authorities believe killed five police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night spoke out about their son.
In an interview with The Blaze, the mother and father of 25-year-old army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson said their son changed when he returned home from the military.
“The military was not what Micah thought it would be,” his mother, Delphine Johnson, said. “He was very disappointed, very disappointed, but it may be that the ideal that he thought of our government, of what he thought the military represented, it just didn’t live up to his expectations.”
Parents of Dallas Cop shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, speak out for the first time. https://t.co/oc3DPyMaGS
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According to his parents, the shooter transformed from an extrovert into a “hermit” during his six years in the army, which included a stint in Afghanistan.
With tears streaming down his face, the shooter’s father, James Johnson, said, “I don’t know what to say to anybody to make anything better. I didn’t see it coming.”
He continued, “I love my son with all my heart, I hate what he did.”
Johnson was identified as the gunman in a press release from the Dallas police.