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Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson | Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Brent Alan Thompson

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 420

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Killed by officers

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Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas 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 Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, six children, one granddaughter, and three grandchildren. His wife also serves as an officer with the DART Police.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Patricio Enrique Zamarripa
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
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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

Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, July 8, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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As the shots from a murderers rifle rang out,everyone ran away from the gun fire,except a few.The few who were running toward the gun fire are the ones who always run toward danger. The POLICE.You and your fellow officers did what was your natural instinct.You ran toward the danger as all others ran away,as their natural instinct is self preservation.That is the difference between "us" and "them".That is the difference .I thank GOD for people like you.Selfless people.Heros.You were heros long before you left us.Thank you.From my family to all of the morning. Thank you GOD,for giving us men like these.Thank you for giving us people who will stand up and take the oath of police officer.

Sgt K. Ford (ret)
Nypd
May 25, 2017

 

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