The parents of the Dallas police sniper, Micah Xavier Johnson, have finally decided to talk about their son.
At Johnson’s parents’ home in Mesquite, Texas investigators 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.
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.”
The gunman’s grief-stricken father broke down in tears as he struggled to understand why his son would commit such a horrific act of violence.
“I don’t know what to say to anybody to make anything better. I didn’t see it coming,” Johnson said. “I love my son with all my heart. I hate what he did.”
The family members said Johnson never showed any outward signs of hatred for white people or any other racial groups. Johnson’s stepmother, Donna, is white. What he did hate was “injustice,” Delphine Johnson said.
But Johnson’s festering anger seemed to boil over after the recent police-involved shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.