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Army says suspect in Dallas killings served in Army Reserve

DALLAS (AP) – Army says Micah Xavier Johnson, named as a Dallas shooting suspect, had served as enlisted soldier and served tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Army says Micah Xavier Johnson, named as a suspect in the Dallas police shootings, served in the Army Reserve and did one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Army says Johnson was a private first class and his home of record is Mesquite, Texas. His military occupational specialty was carpentry and masonry.

His service dates, as provided by the Army, are March 2009 to April 2015.

The Army says Johnson deployed to Afghanistan in November 2013 and returned in July 2014.

Johnson, who left five officers dead in the Dallas ambush, had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.

Dallas’ police chief says a suspect in the deadly overnight attack on police officers told negotiators that he acted alone and was unaffiliated with any group.

Johnson served in the U.S. Army Reserve according to two U.S. officials.

Johnson’s neighbor said there were police cars outside of his home. He said he lives with his mother and “keeps to himself.”

Chief David Brown said at a news conference Friday that the suspect also said he was upset about recent police shootings and wanted to kill white people, particularly white officers.

He says officers killed the suspect with a robot-delivered bomb after hours of negotiations failed.

Although Brown says the suspect said he acted alone, it remains unclear if that was the case. He said earlier Friday that three other suspects were in custody, but he later declined to discuss those detentions and said police still didn’t know if investigators had accounted for all participants in the attack.

The attack began Thursday night during a protest about the recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Five officers were killed and seven others were wounded. Two civilians were also wounded.

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