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The parents of the man who launched a deadly assault on Dallas police officers spoke out about their son's behavior leading up to the attack.

James and Delphine Johnson sat down with TheBlaze's Lawrence Jones for an exclusive interview to air this week.

Delphine said she saw Micah Xavier Johnson's personality transform after his military service, which spanned roughly six years and included a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, saying he turned from a fun-loving extrovert into a "hermit."

“He loved his country,” she said. “He wanted to protect his country.”

But the military wasn't what he thought it would be, she said, adding that he was "very disappointed."

James said that after his return from deployment, Micah began to thoroughly study black history and express interest in his heritage. They said he never showed any outward signs of hatred for white people.

“I don’t know what to say to anybody to make anything better. I didn’t see it coming,” he said. “I love my son with all my heart. I hate what he did.”

Watch a clip from the interview above, and Bill O'Reilly's interview with Lawrence Jones on The O'Reilly Factor below.

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