“I love my son with all my heart," Micah Johnson's father, James Johnson, told the outlet. "I hate what he did.”
Police said Micah Johnson, 25, was the lone shooter in the Thursday night ambush in Dallas that left five law enforcement officers dead. He later died during a standoff when police detonated a bomb delivered by a robot.
Police said Micah Johnson had bomb-making materials, ballistic vests and rifles in his house.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described the alleged gunman as a "mobile shooter" who wrote manifestos on how to shoot and move.
Micah Johnson trained and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a carpentry and masonry specialist, defense officials said. A private first class, he was deployed to Afghanistan from Nov. 2013 to July 2014, according to his service record. He served as an Army reservist until April 2015. A military lawyer says Johnson was accused of sexual harassment while overseas, but according to The AP, he was honorably discharged.
He "loved his country" and "wanted to protect his country," his mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze. But “the military was not what Micah thought it would be,” Delphine Johnson added.
“He was very disappointed," Delphine Johnson told TheBlaze. "But it may be that the ideal that he thought of our government, what he thought the military represented, it just didn’t live up to his expectations.”
The Johnson family's full interview will air on TheBlaze TV Wednesday.