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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 college building 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
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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
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End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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

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That warm feeling in your eyes and cold shock to your gut
The emotions that swell when your eyes are shut.
When all we want is to go back in time
and do our part to undo such a crime.
But forward we must go
Into a future we don't know
Aware, facing the mess
We are five brothers less.
The line seems so thin
When the bad guys win.

We know the pain makes us strong
As we move along.
But the price is too steep
and we feel it, so deep.
Father, Your ways
are not our ways
And our lives are portioned
by the length of our days.
We all will go
One time or other,
But the fight is much harder
With each loss of a brother.
We know your grace is all we need
And we are unworthy of
Any good deed.
But we are your children, made in your image.
Justice we crave, that Your wrath should be given.

Deputy H. Smith
SMCSO
July 13, 2017

 

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