Following the controversial shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, MN a 25 year old Army Reservist and Afghanistan veteran, Micah Xavier Johnson, took up an elevated position in a parking garage in Dallas, TX and began shooting police officers at a protest being conducted by Black Lives Matter. By the end of this planned shooting spree, five officers had been slain and an additional seven officers and two civilians were wounded. Among the officers who lost their lives were officers Patrick Zamarripa and officer Michael Smith. Zamarripa had survived three tours in Iraq and Smith was an Army Ranger. Both men left behind wives and very young children.
DALLAS (KWTX) The city is safe and the healing can begin after a lone gunman opened fire on police at the end of a peaceful protest march, killing five officers and wounding five others, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Friday evening.
Two civilians were also wounded.
Rawlings said the suspect in the attack, Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was the lone attacker.
KTVT in Dallas late Friday afternoon identified the four Dallas police officers who were killed.
Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, of Fort Worth, who served three tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Navy, was the father of two small children.
Officer Michael Krol, was originally from Redford Township, Mich. His uncle said being an officer was his life’s dream.
Officer Michael Smith, 55, served as an Army Ranger. He leaves behind his wife of 17 years and two daughters, ages 14 and 10.
The fourth Dallas officer who was killed was Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, the TV station reported.
DART officer Brent Thompson, 43, was also among the dead.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit police Chief James Spiller described him on Friday as a “courageous” and “great guy.”