An ambush and massacre in Dallas.  Chief David Brown of the Dallas Police Department and Chief James Spiller of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department are dealing with the death of multiple officers and wounding of several others.

What started out as a peaceful demonstration inspired by the shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana ended in a police massacre.  Five officers dead.  Seven others wounded, plus two civilians injured.

The shootings took place near the end of the peaceful protest as the shooter took elevated position over the crowd and fired, specifically targeting police officers.  Initially it was difficult to determine the shooter’s location due to the echo of the gun blasts in the downtown area.  Eventually the suspect was cornered in a parking structure across the street from the El Centro College Building.

Police were able to negotiate with the shooter for several hours.  He was later identified as a twenty five year old black male that was upset with the recent shootings of black males by white officers.  He wanted to kill white people, specifically white police officers.  The suspect refused to surrender and the Dallas Police SWAT team used their remote robot to deliver and detonate an explosive device near the shooter which resulted in his death.

Officer Brent Thompson, 43, of the DART Police Department was one of the first officers identified as being shot and killed.  He is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty for the entire 27 year history of the department.  His newlywed wife, (of less than two weeks), Emily, also is an Officer for the DART Police Department.  She was not on duty at the time of the protest.  Officer Thompson was a seven year veteran of the Rapid Transit Police.  He was an International Police Liaison Officer for DynaCorp for five years prior to joining DART.

Officers from the Dallas Police Department that were shot and killed include Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32.  He was a five year veteran of the Police Department. He was a US Navy Veteran and he had been deployed to Bahrain during Iraq War Campaign. He served three tours of duty overseas.  He is survived by his wife, Kristy, and their two year old daughter Lyncoln.

Officer Michael Krol, 40, worked nine years for the Wayne County Sheriff Department in Michigan prior to working for the Dallas Police Department. He was a nine year veteran of the Police Department.

Officer Michael Smith, 55, a twenty seven year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.  He joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school and completed Ranger School.  He completed his service in the Army and returned to southeastern Texas.  He graduated from Lamar Institute of Technology, then he entered the Dallas Police Academy in 1989 and has been on the Dallas Police Force ever since.  He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

Officer Lorne Ahrens, 48, was a fourteen year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. He stood 6’5” and at 300 pounds, he was a former pro football player.

The other DART officers that were wounded in the assault are Officer Omar Cannon, 44, Officer Misty McBride, 32, and Officer Jesus Retana, 39.

Four other Dallas Police Officers were wounded by gunfire and two civilians were also injured.  The names of the injured officers have not been released.   All of the injured officers and civilians were taken to Parkland and Baylor Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police, Texas DPS, BATEF and the FBI.

Officer Brent Thompson – Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.

Officer Patrick Zamarripa – Dallas Police Department.

Officer Michael Krol – Dallas Police Department.

Officer Michael Smith – Dallas Police Department.

Officer Lorne Ahrens – Dallas Police Department.

Officers, one and all.  Each and everyone of you will never be forgotten.  EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016.

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