DALLAS, Texas — One of five officers killed in a sniper attack in Dallas last night has been identified.
Brent Thompson, 43, was an officer for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and is the first officer for DART who has been killed in the line of duty.
He got married to a fellow transit officer just two weeks ago, DART Police Chief James Spiller said.
A statement posted on the DART website states that three other DART police officers were also shot during the protest, but they are expected to recover.
The full statement is as follows:
“The Dallas Area Rapid Transit family is grieving the loss of police officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was killed during Thursday night’s protest in Downtown Dallas. Officer Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989. He joined the DART Police Department in 2009.
As you can imagine, 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. Thank you.
We are grateful to report the three other DART police officers shot during the protest are expected to recover from their injuries. No other DART employees working in Downtown during the protest or shooting were injured.
We also extend our sympathies to our colleagues at the Dallas Police Department in the loss of their four officers.”
Shooters killed five officers during protests against police in downtown Dallas, marking the deadliest single attack on U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. The other four officers have not been identified.
A total of 11 officers were shot, and some of the six officers injured are undergoing surgery, authorities said.
Three suspects are in custody, and a fourth was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.