Dallas shooter was US Army reservist who served in Afghanistan

The US gunman, who killed five police officers and wounded seven more in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, was an Army reservist who served a tour in Afghanistan, officials say.

Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, had served as an Army reservist from March 2009 until April 2015, an Army statement said on Friday.

He also served with US forces in Afghanistan between November 2013 and July 2014, added the statement.

Johnson had received several awards, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ “M” Device, and the NATO Medal.

Police stand near a barricade following the sniper shooting in Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016.  (AFP)

Police say Johnson’s motive for the deadly shootings might have to do with the fact that he was upset by the the killing of two black men by police this week.

The deaths of the two black men at the hands of…

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