Army Says Suspect In Dallas Killings Served In Army Reserve


Friday, July 8th 2016, 1:14 pm
By: News 9


The Army said Friday that a suspect in the Dallas shooting served in the Army Reserve for six years and did a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

CBS News confirmed that the suspect has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25. Johnson was killed by a robot-delivered bomb in a standoff with police in a parking garage where he had exchanged fire with officers.

The Army released a portion of Johnson's service record that said he enlisted in March 2009 and served in the Army Reserve until April 2015. After leaving the Army Reserve, he joined the Individual Ready Reserve. The IRR is where former active duty or reserve soldiers aren't required to train but are kept on Army personnel rolls with the potential of being called to duty. An IRR soldier can volunteer for short tours on active duty.

Johnson was a private first class and at the time he entered the Army gave his home of record as Mesquite, Texas, the Army said.

His military occupational specialty was carpentry and masonry, the Army said.

The Army said Johnson deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014. For that he was given an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star. He also earned an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M'' Device, among other standard awards for service.

On Saturday, Johnson posted a video of people slaughtering dolphins to a Black Panther Facebook page.

"Look at the joy on their faces," Johnson wrote. "Why do so many whites (not all) enjoy killing and participating in the death of innocent beings?"

Johnson's Facebook page has since been taken down.