Several of the police officers who died or were wounded in the Thursday, July 7, Dallas shooting have been identified.
As previously reported, snipers shot 12 police officers and two civilians in downtown Dallas Thursday night. According to the Los Angeles Times, one suspect — who was killed during a shootout with police — has been identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a Friday news conference that the suspect told negotiators he was upset “at white people” about the recent police shootings and “wanted to kill white officers” at Thursday night’s protest.
Demonstrators were marching over the deaths of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Alton Sterling and Falcon Heights, Minnesota’s Philando Castile. Both men were shot and killed by policemen this week.
Here is what we know so far about several of the officers who died in Thursday night’s attack and the others who were injured.
Officer Brent Thompson, 43
Thompson, who was killed in the attacks Thursday, had served as an officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit since 2009. He was a “great officer,” according to DART Chief James Spiller. “He has served admirably during his time here at DART,” Spiller told MSNBC Friday morning.
In another interview with the Today show, Spiller said that Thompson’s death was particularly sad because he was a newlywed. “He was recently married in the last two weeks, so this is very heartbreaking,” Spiller said. According to The New York Times, his wife was a fellow officer. Thompson is the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty.
Officer Misty McBride, 32
McBride was one of the officers who was wounded in the shooting. According to CBS DFW, her injuries were not fatal, and her father, Richard, and 10-year-old daughter, Hunter, were able to visit her in the Baylor University Medical Center where she is recovering. She is undergoing surgeries for injuries to her arm and abdomen.
“I’m just glad that she’s alive, really,” Hunter told CBS DFW. McBride’s dad added: “She’s just waiting to go into surgery, but there’s a lot of people a lot worse off than her.”
According to her LinkedIn page, McBride — who graduated from Dallas Baptist University — has served as an officer for DART for six years and five months. Prior to her career as a transit cop, she worked at a jail from 2008 until 2010.
Officer Jesus Retana, 32
Retana was also wounded in the attack at Thursday night’s protest. He joined DART in April 2006. According to NBC DFW, he is expected to make a full recovery.
Officer Omar Cannon, 44
Cannon was injured in the shooting as well. He began his career with DART in 2009. He is expected to recover from his wounds.
Officer Michael Krol, 40
Krol, who died in the attack Thursday night, began his career as a police officer in Redford Township, Michigan. He worked under the supervision of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon from 2003 until 2007.
“We are saddened by the loss of the dedicated officers in Dallas — one of whom was a former member of this agency — and also the wounding of the other officers,” Napoleon said in a statement on Friday. “Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died honoring their oaths to protect and serve. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and also the Dallas Police Department.”
Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32
Zamarripa’s family came forward via social media, saying that he was one of the five officers who died in the shooting. “Need prayers to get through this,” the policeman’s father, Rick Zamarripa, wrote in a Facebook post Friday.
The names of the other victims have yet to be released.
Lorne Ahrens, 48
Ahrens was one of the law enforcement officials who was fatally shot Thursday night. He was an officer with the Dallas Police Department, where he served for 14 years.
Michael Smith, 55
Smith, who did not survive the shooting, was a veteran officer whom DallasNews.com described as “conscientious and professional.” He received many awards throughout his career, including the “Cops’ Cop” award from the Dallas Police Association. Smith was married with two children and enjoyed spending his time volunteering at the YMCA.
Shetamia Taylor, 38
Taylor, a civilian, was struck by a bullet in the back of her leg while running away drum gunfire, her sister Theresa Williams told The Dallas Morning News. Taylor threw herself over her 15-year-old son to protect him from the bullets. Taylor had surgery on Friday morning at Baylor Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
DART released a statement acknowledging Thompson’s death, as well as the DART officers injured in the shooting, which is now the deadliest day for law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks.
“The Dallas Area Rapid Transit family is grieving the loss of police officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was killed during Thursday night’s protest in downtown Dallas. Officer Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989. He joined the DART Police Department in 2009,” DART said in the statement. “As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization. We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening. We are grateful for every message. Thank you.”
“We are grateful to report the three other DART police officers shot during the protest are expected to recover from their injuries,” the organization added. “No other DART employees working in Downtown during the protest or shooting were injured.”
According to NBC DFW, four Dallas Police Department officers were killed in the shooting.
During a July 8 press conference in Warsaw, Poland, President Barack Obama spoke out about the terror in Texas.
“I believe I speak for every single American when I say we are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas,” POTUS, 54, told reporters. “We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations, but let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these types of attacks. Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”
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