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Parents of Dallas shooter saddened, say son returned from Army deployment a changed man

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 10:37 AM
People surround a memorial in honor of the slain Dallas police officers in front of police headquarters, in Dallas, on Saturday.

The parents of Dallas shooter Micah Johnson say they are surprised by his violent rampage and note he returned from an Army deployment to Afghanistan a changed man.

Johnson's father, James Johnson, said in an interview posted on TheBlaze website Monday ( ) that he "didn't see it coming." Through tears, Johnson says: "I hate what he did."

Micah Johnson, a black 25-year-old from Mesquite, Texas, targeted police officers in Thursday's attack, fatally shooting five and wounding more.

His mother, Delphine Johnson, says that as a child her son wanted to join the police, but that after serving six years in the Army Reserves, he became a "hermit."

The family says Micah Johnson never showed signs of hatred for certain groups of people, but that he hated "injustice."