Father of Dallas Shooting Suspect Micah Johnson Tells TheBlaze: ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’

Micah Johnson/Facebook(DALLAS) -- The father of suspected Dallas gunman Micah Johnson "didn’t see it coming,” he told TheBlaze. TheBlaze was founded by conservative talk radio personality, Glenn Beck.

“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.

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.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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