Dallas gunman learned tactics at Texas self-defence school

  • AP, Dallas
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 14:26 IST
Micah Xavier Johnson, a man suspected by Dallas Police in a shooting attack and who was killed during a manhunt, is seen in an undated photo from his Facebook account. (REUTERS)

The gunman who killed five police officers at a protest march used to practice military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defence school that teaches special tactics, including “shooting on the move,” a manoeuvre in which an attacker fires and changes position before firing again.

Micah Johnson, an army veteran, received instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago, said the school’s founder and chief instructor, Justin J Everman.

Everman’s statement was corroborated by a police report from May 8, 2015, when someone at a business a short distance away called in a report of several suspicious people in a parked SUV.

The investigating officer closed the case just minutes after arriving at a strip mall. While there, the officer spoke to Johnson, who said he “had just gotten out of a class at a nearby self-defence school.”

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