The AP is reporting Wednesday night that Micah Johnson, the Army reservist who killed five police officers in an ambush-style attack during a protest march in Dallas in July, showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Afghanistan in 2014.
The Associated Press obtained the documents from the Veterans Health Administration through the Freedom of Information Act.
VA documents: Soldier who killed 5 Dallas officers showed symptoms of PTSD after returning from Afghanistan. https://t.co/Al8JhwbVW8
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 24, 2016
Johnson sought treatment for anxiety, depression, and hallucinations and described himself to doctors as “angry and irritable.”
Shooter Micah Johnson told VA: “I feel stress, anger, road rage, my heart feels like someone is pinching it." https://t.co/xLDRl3QPwN
— Naomi Martin (@NaomiMartin) August 25, 2016
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 24, 2016
VA documents show Micah Johnson had PTSD symptoms, but doctors said he posed no significant risk to himself/others https://t.co/QIt1SQ3dvN
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 24, 2016
One document, dated Aug. 15, 2014, indicated that Johnson was “not acutely at risk for harm to self or others.” Providers reportedly contacted Johnson in October, but he put off further treatment for PTSD, saying he was busy with a remodeling project.
After Johnson was killed, the military released a report compiled by an Army investigator claiming that while deployed, Johnson exhibited erratic behavior, sexually harassed a female soldier, stole her underwear, and slept with a live grenade and stolen prescription medication stuffed in his sleeping bag.
Micah Johnson showed signs of PTSD after return from Afghanistan and then stopped seeking VA care, records show. #dallaspoliceshooting
— Kevin Krause (@KevinRKrause) August 24, 2016
@AP so do a lot of veterans who don't commit mass murder.
— #HashtagsMatter (@AdsByFlaherty) August 24, 2016
@AP we didn’t need documents to know something was wrong with him. PTSD is putting the issues he had mildly.
— GioFerraraNYC (@GioFerraraNYC) August 24, 2016
@AP Of course he did. pffft So going on a BLM slaughter is totally understandable then and all veterans are as nutty as him right? Stuff it
— Shawn Spain (@444shawnshawn21) August 24, 2016
@AP According to Army records he was never involved in direct combat. Not that the truth has any relevance here.
— Seth Pittman (@SethPitt85) August 24, 2016
@AP PTSD does not make you murder 5 strangers in cold blood.
— Common Arrow (@commonarrow) August 24, 2016
@AP Call it what it is…domestic terrorism. Those officers were assassinated. We owe the fallen justice.
— THE RESPONDER NEWS (@Responder_News) August 25, 2016