Dallas sniper identified

NC_mxjmilitary_1500x845Dallas, Tex. (NBC News) — A senior law enforcement official has identified the gunman killed an ambush style shooting targeting Dallas police officers Thursday as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson.

The U.S. Army has confirmed Johnson served in the Army Reserves and received several awards after a tour of Afghanistan.

Five police officers were killed Thursday evening when Johnson opened fire on a peaceful protest against recent police shootings. Seven other officers and two civilians were wounded.

Johnson was eventually killed after a lengthy standoff with police.

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