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Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Patricio E. Zamarripa

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 10112

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Killed by officers

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Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, of the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.

The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department's Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man's location using a robot and detonated it.

Officer Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and stepson.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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Dear Pat:

“WHEN?”

When, Father God, will the cries of widows be silenced for the deceased spouse?
When, Father God, will the cries of the orphaned children become a thing of the past?
When, Father God, will the public realize the sacrifice of the officers AND their families?
When will the day come when we can stop adding names to “The Wall”?
When, Father God, will the candle of the wicked be put out forever?
You lived your life and career as an example to others to emulate, though it will be difficult. You did this job, certainly not for the pay, (as you are not “an athlete!), but like the rest of us, because you decided to take a stand against evil and the peace loving people of our nation. To keep them safe from harm and all the degradations of the world.
Pat, some people have a convoluted idea of what a hero is. Someone who can throw a football, swing a bat, do a “3 pointer”, a “Hat trick”. Not heroes, JUST sports players. But YOU, Pat, and every man and woman who puts on a badge and gun, and our REAL heroes.
May you rest in peace and know your service and sacrifice to the people of Dallas, shall not be in vain. Though you left us to go home, our Thin Blue Line has held. To Americans everywhere: When you see a police officer, why not say “Thank you for your service”? It has an impact that you can’t understand.

Rest in peace, Amen.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Police, Fl.
September 19, 2016

 

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