A sniper shot officers on duty at a peaceful protest following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by Louisiana and Minnesota police officers earlier this week. The suspect was shot and killed after a standoff with police.
The victims include Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officer Brent Thompson and Dallas Police Department officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith.
Brent Thompson, 43, joined DART Police Department in 2009. He is the first to be killed in the line of duty since the agency was established in 1989. He had just married a fellow officer.
Before DART he worked for military contractor DynCorp International, mentoring and training teams in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also described himself on Linkedin as someone motivated by a “team” atmosphere, writing: “I enjoy working on challenging tasks and problem solving with my peers. I am constantly looking for different ways to serve the department, this helps to keep my work from becoming sedentary and boring.”
Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was a Navy veteran who had imagined being a police officer since childhood, his sister said. He was thrilled with the birth of his daughter two years ago. “He just had a constant smile on his face after he became a father,” his sister Laura Zamarripa said.
His Twitter photo shows him holding a small child, and on Father’s Day he tweeted: