Names of Dallas officers killed in attack

Names of Dallas officers killed in attack

Late on Thursday, Dallas police in uniform and in plain clothes were standing behind a police line at the entrance to the emergency room at the Baylor Medical Centre in Dallas.

A suspect in the gun attack on police in the heart of Dallas told officers he was upset over recent police shootings of black men and wanted to kill white people, according to officials.

Gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas Thursday night during a peaceful protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states.

Dallas police negotiated and exchanged gunfire with a suspect for hours at a parking garage in downtown. Two civilians also were injured in the shootings, the Dallas mayor's office said.

It was not immediately clear if the deceased suspect killed himself or was shot by police.

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DART said early Friday morning that 43-year-old officer Brent Thompson was killed in the shootings.

Patrick Zamarripa, 32. One of the officers gunned down by snipers in Dallas was Patrick Zamarripa of Fort Worth, a 2001 graduate of Paschal High School, young father and war veteran who was described by friends as a “gentleman” who loved America.

Michael Krol, 40. WFAA sister station WXYZ in Detroit confirms the identity of another DPD officer killed, Michael Krol, who had worked for DPD for nine years after moving to Texas from Michigan.

“He was living a dream of being a police officer," said Susan Ehlke, Krol's mother, to the news station. "[He] just turned 40 in April. He knew the danger of the job but he never shied away from his duty as a police officer. He was a great caring person and wanted to help people. A wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend."

He previously worked in the Wayne County jails in Michigan between 2003 and 2007.

Michael Smith, 55. Smith's brother-in-law called him an exceptional father to two young girls. He served as an Army Ranger and went on to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology.

His brother-in-law said he recently had a talk with Smith about retirement, but said the officer was more concerned about his fellow officers and remained on the force.

Lorne Ahrens. Sources confirmed later Friday that the fourth Dallas police officer killed has been identified as Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens.

According to The Washington Post, Ahren's wife is a Dallas police detective. A husband and father, he leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. 

Praising his city's police department, Mayor Rawlings said Dallas has the lowest rate of police shootings of any large city in the U.S. "What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement", he said.