Johnson has no ties to terror groups and no known criminal history. He has lived in the Dallas area and has family members living in Mesquite, Texas, east of Dallas, according to federal law enforcement sources.
|Johnson seen in a photo posted to his step-mother's Facebook driving a military vehicle.|
It was also learned that Johnson served as an Army reservist for six years until 2015 and was deployed to Afghanistan between November 2013 and July 2014.
A close relative of Johnson told reporters that he worked as an aide for mentally-challenged children and adults. The same relative also pointed out that before the shootings Johnson was enraged over the recent slayings of black civilians.
Johnsons social media postings would seem to bear that out as he had connections to ‘Black Separatist Hate Groups’ on Facebook.
Dallas police said people who knew Johnson “identified him as a loner." and that neighbors claimed Johnson was quiet and pleasant but largely kept to himself.
However a look inside Johnson's home paints a picture of a deeply disturbed, violent and dangerous individual.
|Police Chief David Brown|
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a press release...
“During the search of the suspect’s home, detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. Detectives are in the processing of analyzing the information contained in the journal.”
Neighbors have also reported that Johnson practiced military-style drills in his own backyard and trained at a private self-defense school that teaches special tactics. The school reportedly included "shooting on the move," lessons, a maneuver in which an attacker fires and changes position before firing again.
After the shootings Johnson was tracked down and cornered in El Centro College in the downtown Dalls where he exchanged fire and threats with the police. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a press conference that Johnson was armed with a SKS semi-automatic assault rifle and a handgun and that he was wearing body armor.
During that standoff, before Johnson had been identified, Chief Brown said at a press briefing that...
"The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Chief Brown went on to say "The suspect stated he wasn’t affiliated with any groups, and he stated that he did this alone,"
After a two hour standoff, in which gunfire was exchanged and threats of bomb detonations were used, police sent in a bomb robot and detonated it in the area where he was located which ultimately killed Johnson.