Micah Johnson was sent home from Afghanistan on 2014, and a new report released by the U.S. Army finally reveals why. An investigation led to the discovery of Johnson in possession of underwear stolen from the laundry bag of a female fellow soldier and friend. When unit leaders discovered Johnson with the contraband, he fled and tried to dispose of the evidence.
After Johnson was caught with the woman’s underwear, he ran, forcing commanders to disarm him and separate him from the rest of the unit. This incident led to Johnson becoming a pariah from the normally close-knit unit. A further search of the barracks led to the discovery of more underwear in Johnson’s possession, as well as an “explosive article” which Johnson had no reason to have in his possession.
Johnson was put under watch and had his rifle and ammunition taken away from him, as is standard protocol for the protection not only for Johnson, but for others around him. Army Reserve Sgt. Mark Wallace explained the process, “So when somebody does something off the wall like that, the first thing to do is take away anything they can hurt themselves or anything else with. So, of course, we took away his rifle, all of his ammunition.”