Dallas ambush suspect Micah Johnson served in Afghanistan; MI native one of victims

Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Dallas protestors rallied in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile, who was killed by police less than 48 hours later in Minnesota. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

One of the organizers of the downtown Dallas protest where five police officers were shot and killed says he doesn’t recognize a man identified as a suspected shooter.

Pastor Jeff Hood said Friday that he had never heard of 25-year-old Micah Johnson. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Johnson is the suspect who died in a lengthy overnight standoff with police.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he said he was not authorized to release the information. Dallas Police Chief David Brown says the suspect in the standoff had told police he was acting alone and wasn’t affiliated with a group.

Hood says he began screaming “active shooter!” at hundreds of fellow demonstrators once gunfire erupted at the march to protest the recent fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Five Dallas Police officers were killed in the attack. One of those victims was from Michigan. Michael Krol was a Michigan native who previously worked for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in the Detroit area.

michaelkrol Dallas ambush suspect Micah Johnson served in Afghanistan; MI native one of victims

According to a news release, Krol worked in the county jail system from 2003 to 2007.

Detriot media reported Krol moved to Dallas in 2007 where he became a police officer with the Dallas Police Department.

“We are saddened by the loss of the dedicated officers in Dallas—one of whom was a former member of this agency—and also the wounding of the other officers,” Wayne County Sheriff Beny Napoleon said in a statement. “Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died honoring their oaths to protect and serve. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and also the Dallas Police Department.”

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