Just hours after chaos broke out in downtown Dallas resulting in the deaths of five police officers, authorities have released the identity of the first of the fallen.
Brent Thompson, a 43-year-old veteran of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit police (DART), was killed in the gunfire late Thursday from the two snipers who shot at law enforcement. The coordinated attacks resulted in another seven officers suffering injuries.
Thompson joined the department in 2009, according to the Dallas News. Heartbreakingly, Thompson married another officer just several weeks ago.
Since the formation of DART in 1989, Thompson is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty, according to spokesman Morgan Lyons. A written statement from the department reads, “Our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization. We have received countless expressions of support and sympathy from around the world through the evening. We are grateful for every message.”
DART has also released information on their officers who were wounded in the gunfire, which first erupted around 9 p.m. local time following a peaceful protest in the wake of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile deaths:
The wounded DART personnel were identified as Officer Omar Cannon, 44, who joined the DART force in July 2009; Officer Misty McBride, 32, who joined in March 2010; and Officer Jesus Retana, 39, who joined in April 2006.
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