International media descended on Dallas in the aftermath of Thursday night’s shooting of 12 Dallas police officers and two civilians during a peaceful demonstration.
Police parked two patrol cars in the plaza in front of DPD headquarters on South Lamar Street. Visitors have covered the cars with flowers and messages.
Police stood guard. Some wept and others talked to passersby and to media. Reporters stood in front of cameras speaking Russian, Spanish, German, French and several languages I couldn’t make out.
In addition to DART officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was identified this morning as one of five officers killed last night, Dallas Police Department identified the four dead DPD officers.
Officers Patrick Zamarripa, 32, Michael Krol, 40, Michael Smith, 55, and Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens all died of their wounds.
Zamarrippa served three tours of duty in Iraq before joining DPD in 2011. He was married and has a 2-year-old daughter and a step-daughter described as “school age.”
Krol has been with DPD since 2007.
More information about the officers as it becomes available.
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Several thousand people gathered in Thanksgiving Square to honor police and remember the victims after last night’s shootings left five officers dead and seven other officers and two civilians wounded.
A wall of religious leaders and politicians conveyed the unity of the Dallas community. Sen. Royce West noted the diversity of the crowd that included all races, religions and political affiliations.
Of the more than 50 religious leaders, the Rev. Eric Folkerth represented Northaven United Methodist Church, Chris Chism and the Rev. Todd Scoggins represented Cathedral of Hope and Linda Evans represented Congregation Beth El Binah.
Police officers from most departments around the area either attended or were patrolling streets around Thanksgiving Square.
The opening religious speaker said, “We share a common pain. We refuse to hate each other.”
The ovation for Dallas Police Chief David Brown was long and loud.
“Dallas is a city that loves,” Brown said. “We’re hurting. We need this city.”
He said that although the shooter in the El Centro parking lot who was killed this morning told negotiators that he acted alone, the evidence and information from suspects in custody indicate this was a “well planned attack.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings said the JFK assassination more than 50 years ago defined the city.
“Through that tragedy, modern day Dallas was born,” he said. Thanksgiving Square was built a year after the JFK assassination.
He said Dallas would emerge from this tragedy a better city.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who stood directly behind each of the speakers, was never invited to the microphone.
Mayor Mike Rawlings
Officers from nearby police departments
Chief David Brown
State Sen. Royce West
Rabbi David Stern
Imam Omar Suleiman
Mayor Mike Rawlings
Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo
DART officer Brent Thompson
Dallas police identified the shooter killed in the El Centro parking garage as Micah X. Johnson.
Police said he told negotiators he wanted “to kill white people, especially white officers.” He was not affiliated with any group or terrorist organization, but angry about recent police shootings in other cities, as far as police know at this point in the investigation. He was in the Army Reserves as a junior officer.
Of all police departments in major U.S. cities, DPD has the lowest rate of officer-involved shootings.
No information has been released about the DPD officers who were killed and injured, but DART has given out names of their officers shot and information about the officer killed.
The three DART officers who were shot and are expected to recover from their injuries are Omar Cannon, 44, Misty McBride, 32, and Jesus Retana, 39.
The officer killed, Brent Thompson, 43, was married two weeks ago. His wife, Emily, is also a DART officer and was not on duty last night.
People will gather at Thanksgiving Square at noon for a service to remember the slain officers.
If you work downtown, you are asked to stay home. Streets in downtown Dallas closed include a 25-square block area — everything from Houston to Griffin streets and Ross Avenue to Jackson Street. No traffic will be allowed until further notice.
A 12th officer and a second civilian was reported shot. The death toll remains at five.
Chief Brown corrected information reported overnight. The suspect that died in the El Centro parking garage died as a result of the bomb squad robot detonating a bomb near him.
According to Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell, one of the DART officers injured worked for partner benefits with his husband in 2013 when DART was resisting covering gay and lesbian officers equally with straight officers.
LGBT Police liaison Laura Martin was assigned to the demonstration. She worked throughout the night and will be back at work a little later this morning, but she reports she is safe.
Former Dallas Voice owner/publisher Robert Moore spent about two hours last Thursday night, July 7, crouched behind a car with a Dallas Police officer as a sniper with a semi-automatic rifle rained gunfire down on officers and civilians after a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest.
We published Moore’s early account of the experience here (you can read it below, too). By Friday, photos Moore took during those two hours — the one above and three others below — had gone viral, catching the attention of media around the world.
Here’s what Moore told Dallas Voice senior news writer David Taffet on Thursday:
Former Dallas Voice Publisher Robert Moore was at the demonstration. He said he saw the shots fired and saw one of the officers go down.
Moore said he scrambled behind a car. Officers were shouting, “He’s elevated. He’s elevated.”
Along with two officers, Moore said he moved to the other side of the car. He remained crouched behind the car with two officers on one side and an officer with an automatic weapon on the other. While most people were on the perimeter, Moore was trapped in the middle with police.
Tactical officers and armored vehicles showed up on the scene. Officers began looking for bombs, which they suspected the shooters might have left as well.
Moore said he was trapped for about two hours, until they were cleared and he could leave the scene.
Police were reporting the shooter was “neutralized.” Our latest information is the shooter shot and killed himself.
That shooter had been in a standoff with Dallas police for hours in the El Centro college parking garage. Negotiators said they were getting nowhere with him.
The report he shot himself came at 2:30 a.m., but the tactical squad was seen leaving the garage and police in the area began to relax about half an hour before that.
Three other people have been arrested in connection with the ambush of 11 police officers that took place about 9 p.m. on Thursday evening.
People who work downtown are asked to stay home on Friday.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said the following buildings will be closed:
The George Allen Courts Building
The Dallas County Records Building
The Dallas County Administration Building
El Centro College and the Dallas Holocaust Museum will also be closed.
Dallas’ Fox 4 News is reporting that it is believed that the shooting suspect who had been in a standoff with officers inside one of the El Centro College buildings has shot himself.
DART just announced that they were mistaken in saying the death toll is at 6. Four Dallas PD officers and 1 DART officer have died.
Mark Hughes has been released and no longer appears to be a suspect in the shootings in downtown Dallas
Mark Hughes, the man in the photo released Thursday evening as a possible suspect in the shooting that happened in downtown Dallas, has been released and is no longer believed to have been involved.
Mark Hughes is the brother of, Cory Hughes, one of the men who organized the peaceful protest. Cory Hughes has said that Mark, who was carrying an assault rifle, was demonstrating his right to carry a firearm. Immediately after the shootings, Cory got Mark to turn the gun over to police to avoid any problems. That happened before police released the photo of Mark, wearing camo and carrying a rifle.
After police released that photo and asked the public to help find him, Mark Hughes turned himself into police. He has now been released and no longer appears to be a suspect in the shooting.