The shooter who killed five police officers and injured seven more at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas, practiced military style drills in his yard and learned skills at a local private self-defense school that helped him “shoot and move,” a maneuver that allows an attacker to fire and then change positions before firing another time.
Micah Johnson, a 25 year-old Army veteran, who served in the Army reserve for six years and did a tour in Afghanistan, received additional instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago, said Justin Everman, the school’s founder and chief instructor.
“Reality is highly dynamic, you will be drawing your firearm, moving, shooting on the move, fixing malfunctions, etc. all under high levels of stress,” the academies website says.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that at Johnson’s home in Mesquite, police found bomb-making materials and a journal that led them to believe that he was planning to conduct more attacks.
Investigators said that Johnson was collecting chemical and electronic equipment that would help him create explosives, as well as PVC piping. Johnson was also building up an arsenal of guns and ammunition as well as a ballistic vest.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Johnson had been spotted by a neighboring family conducting military training exercises in the yard of his Dallas home leading up to the shooting.
During the shooting, Johnson told police that he had been training for the ambush on police.