police Sgt. Rocio Munoz, kneels to read some of the
messages left at a makeshift memorial in front of
police department headquarters, Monday, July 11,
2016, in Dallas. Five police officers were killed
and several wounded in Thursday nights shooting.
family men and veterans who volunteered in schools and at
swore to serve and protect, and the five officers killed
in last week's sniper attack in Dallas are being
remembered for their character, service to others and
dedication to their loved ones.
attack also injured at least nine officers and two
civilians. Here's a closer look at those who were hurt or
Zamarripa had an urge to serve — first in the Navy,
where his family said he did three tours in Iraq, then
back home in Texas as a Dallas police officer.
went over there (to Iraq) and didn't get hurt at all, and
he comes back to the states and gets killed," his
father, Rick Zamarripa, told The Associated Press by phone
Zamarripa described his son as hugely compassionate.
would bend over backward to help anybody," Rick
Zamarripa, who would have turned 33 next month, was
married with a 2-year-old daughter and 10-year-old
stepson. He joined the Navy shortly after high school in
Fort Worth, serving eight years on active duty and then in
the reserves, according to the Navy.
returned to Texas in 2009. He joined the Dallas force
about five years ago and recently was assigned to downtown
bicycle patrols, his father said.
STARTING SECOND FAMILY
Thompson, 43, was an officer with the Dallas Area Rapid
Transit authority for the past seven years. There he found
love, marrying another transit officer within the past two
weeks, DART Chief James Spiller said.
well-wisher hugs Dallas police Sgt. Jamie Matthews,
right, as they both visit a makeshift memorial in
front of the departments headquarters, Monday, July
11, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers were
killed and several wounded in Thursday nights
He is the
first DART officer killed in the line of duty since the
agency's police force was founded in 1989, spokesman
Morgan Lyons said.
had six grown children from a previous marriage and
recently welcomed his third grandchild, according to Tara
Thornton, a close friend of Thompson's 22-year-old
and his close-knit family often got together and had
classic rock singalongs, with Thornton and his son, Jake,
playing guitar, Thornton said. He lived an hour's drive
south of Dallas, in Corsicana.
loved being a police officer," Thornton said.
"He instantly knew that's what he wanted to do. He
knew he wanted to save lives and protect people."
joining the DART force, Thompson worked from 2004 to 2008
for private military contractor DynCorp International.
According to Thompson's LinkedIn page, he served as an
international police liaison officer, helping teach and
mentor Iraqi police.
Smith, 55, once received a "Cops' Cop" award
from the Dallas Police Association.
police sergeant's positive attitude impressed those around
pastor of a church where Smith worked security remembered
him as professional and compassionate.
genuinely troubled him when he saw people treated as
objects or when protocol got in the way of personal
care," Pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community
Church in Dallas said in a statement.
undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department shows former Deputy Lorne
Ahrens, who served the county from 1991 to 2002. He
was one of the five police officers killed in
shootings Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Ahrens
was a senior corporal on the Dallas police force.
Michael Forge, pastor at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church,
notified parishioners of Smith's death in an email. Smith,
his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters were part of the
parish in Farmers Branch, north of Dallas.
asking all of us to pull together in prayer and support
for the Smith family, as well as the other officers'
families," Forge wrote.
a U.S. Army Ranger before joining the Dallas Police
Department in 1989. He volunteered at his church and the
YMCA, according to a 2009 article in the Dallas Police
article described him as conscientious, noting he often
attended advanced training on his own dime.
a lot of Lorne Ahrens to love.
— 6-foot-5, 300 pounds —could intimidate, but his
character was kindness.
before Ahrens, 48, was killed, he bought a homeless man
dinner and encouraged fellow officers to greet the man,
Jorge Barrientos, another Dallas police officer who was
wounded, told the Dallas Morning News.
volunteered, in uniform, at the school his 8-year-old and
10-year-old attended, said his mother-in-law, Karen
photo provided by Attorney Pete Schulte shows Dallas
Area Rapid Transit Officer Jesus Retana. Resource
Center communications manager Rafael McDonnell
called Retana a friend and said he was recovering
after leaving the hospital, where he received
treatment for unspecified injuries.
married to the law — his wife, Detective Katrina Ahrens,
also worked on the Dallas force.
Thursday night, Buckingham and her husband stayed with
their grandchildren while Katrina Ahrens rushed to the
Ahrens was already out of surgery when Katrina Ahrens
arrived, her father, Charlie Buckingham, told the
Washington Post. Then something went wrong. Doctors had to
take him back in, and he died, Charlie Buckingham said.
former semi-pro football player rose from dispatcher at
the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to become a
senior corporal on the Dallas police force.
was a big guy with an even bigger heart," Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Capt. Merrill Ladenheim said in a
department Facebook post.
SHIED FROM DUTY
Krol, 40, was a caring person who always wanted to help
others, his mother said.
knew the danger of the job, but he never shied away from
his duty," Susan Ehlke of Redford, Michigan, said in
a statement the day after her son was killed.
family said he moved to Dallas to become a police officer
in 2007 because Detroit wasn't hiring. He had worked
security at a local hospital, then was a deputy at the
Wayne County jail. He graduated from the Dallas Police
Academy in 2008.
members told the Detroit Free Press that Krol was single
with no children but had a girlfriend in Dallas. He texted
her the night of the protest saying everything was going
was a guy that was serving others," said Brian
Schoenbaechler, Krol's brother-in-law. "And he gave
his life in service of others."
MAN AND TALENTED PUBLIC SPEAKER
Wells, the only black officer injured in the attack,
joined the Dallas police force in 2007 after a 20-year
tour of duty in the Army.
then, he has developed a reputation as a skillful public
speaker while working as a police department recruiter,
said David Davis, first vice president of the Black Police
Association's Dallas chapter.
said Monday that Wells is an intensely private man who did
not want his photo publicized and was granting no
is just being inundated with phone calls, and he is
deleting them as they go," Davis said. "He has
no social media."
grew up in the New York City area, is in a long-term
relationship with another Dallas officer, and the two are
the parents of a small boy. Both are sergeants, and Wells
was doing his regular evening shift when he reported to
the protest scene.
bullet grazed Wells' stomach and he was released from a
hospital Saturday, Davis said.
girlfriend told Davis he is recovering well and "left
home yesterday to hang out with some friends and clear his
mind." Davis also requested counseling from the
Wells nor his girlfriend had anything to say about him
being the only black officer hit by gunfire, Davis said.
could have been random," or it's possible that Micah
Xavier Johnson lied to officers when he said he wanted to
kill whites, especially white officers, Davis said.
never know," he said, noting two civilian victims
TO LOVE EACH OTHER'
by a bullet and shrapnel, Officer Jorge Barrientos is most
concerned with the healing of his Dallas police force and
the community at large.
it's law enforcement, lawyers, teachers, at the end of the
day, we're all humans," Barrientos told the Dallas
Morning News. "We need to love each other and stop
28, has been on the force for four years. Barrientos, who
was shot in the hand and hit in the chest by shrapnel, was
released from the hospital Friday.
The Associated Press on Sunday that he never saw the
gunman, just heard a single gunshot as he and his
colleagues were finishing directing traffic away from
hit Officer Michael Krol, who stood a few feet away from
Barrientos. Then the bullets began to fly.
dropped to the ground, trying to make his way toward Krol
and to get cover. Not far away, two other officers lay
shot and bleeding.
followed were long, desperate moments to try and save his
fellow officers from dying. Ultimately, three died,
don't know how I made it out alive," Barrientos said
Sunday as he recovered at home.
DART OFFICER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Area Rapid Transit Officer Elmar Cannon was released from
the hospital Saturday after being treated for unspecified
44-year-old joined the force in 2009, the transit agency
said. It provided no further details. Attempts to reach
Cannon have been unsuccessful.
RETURN TO WORK
hospital room, DART Officer Misty McBride told loved ones
the day after she was struck by gunfire that she just
wanted to return to work.
ready to get back out there," her friend Wendy Carson
said Friday after visiting the officer and her family.
"She's a very, very strong woman."
McBride was discharged from the hospital Saturday evening.
an officer and mother of a 10-year-old girl, was struck by
bullets in her abdomen and arm, her father said.
just glad that she's alive, really," her daughter,
Hunter, told reporters outside the hospital. "I said
that 'I love you' and that 'I'm glad you're here.' "
described McBride as a dedicated officer who often speaks
with excitement about learning new policing skills.
is always willing to protect and serve, even off
duty," Carson said.
Taylor, who was wounded when she threw herself over her
son during the attack at the protest, said she would
attend another demonstration to show her boys she's not a
an Amazon employee, attended the march with her four sons
— ages 12, 13, 15 and 17.
Sunday from a Dallas hospital, she thanked police for
protecting her in the chaos that erupted Thursday. She
said officers shielded her as bullets whizzed through the
air around them.
never had an issue with police officers," she said.
"If anything, it made my admiration for them
who is black, said she went to the march to protest the
killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
outside St. Paul, Minnesota, and elsewhere.
said she and her sons were getting ready to leave when
they heard two shots and saw an officer fall. "As he
was going down, he said, 'He has a gun. Run,'" she
fled, she felt a bullet hit her in the back of the leg.
She said she tackled her 15-year-old son and "laid on
top of him."
officer then jumped on top of them. "And there was
another one at our feet. And there was another one over
our heads. And there were several of them lined against
the wall," she said. "And they stayed there with
us. And I saw another officer get shot right in front of
her other sons escaped through a parking garage, while the
fourth fled with another woman he didn't know.
suffered a fracture of her tibia just below her right
knee, one of her doctors said.
OFFICER PUSHED FOR CHANGE
marriage wasn't legally recognized, Dallas Area Rapid
Transit Officer Jesus Retana helped change the way DART
treats same-sex partners of its employees.
39, joined the agency's force in April 2006. He and his
husband, Andrew Moss, worked with a gay rights group
called the Resource Center to win benefits for same-sex
partners of DART employees.
lobbied for the benefits after an illness made him too
sick to work and the Resource Center took up the fight,
the Dallas Morning News reported in 2012.
the newspaper Retana is open about his relationship at
work, and his colleagues support him.
Center communications manager Rafael McDonnell called
Retana a friend and said he was recovering after leaving
the hospital, where he received treatment for unspecified
OFFICER RELFECTS ON TENSIONS
Saldana was among the Dallas police officers directing
traffic downtown during the protest when the shots rang
Saturday, he was up and walking around his home,
recovering from a shrapnel wound to his leg.
happened so quickly, but at the same time, everything was
so slow," Saldana, 44, told The Dallas Morning News.
pause in the bullets, Saldana realized he couldn't find
Officer Gretchen Rocha, a rookie he was assigned to look
after. It turned out she was rushing another officer to
the hospital, even after she herself was wounded. Saldana
says Rocha did a good job.
veteran of the Dallas Police Department, Saldana has felt
the simmering tension between police and civilians for a
these are difficult times to be an officer, but white
officers in particular have a target on their backs.
Saldana has watched the news reports of officer-involved
shootings around the country and said those who apply race
as a motive don't understand the challenges police face in
the moments before firing.
began his police career with the Guaynabo Police
Department in Puerto Rico, where he is from. He told the
newspaper: "America is the only place where they call
black people African-American. In Puerto Rico, you can be
black or white, and it doesn't matter. You're Puerto
hope it gets better, but it feels like it's going to get
worse," he said.
TO BIG CITY OFFICER
Rocha came to the Dallas police force by way of the farm.
grew up just outside Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where she was
home-schooled and loved riding the family's horses, said
her mother, Diane Bayer. Becoming a police officer or
soldier was her dream, Bayer said, and Rocha attended a
police academy at Madison Area Technical College.
called her "Mama Rocha," and she won an award
for unifying the class, said her sister, Katrina Schwartz.
23-year-old was wounded by shrapnel, but the family did
not have details on the extent of her injuries.
used her Spanish language skills during an internship with
the Madison Police Department in 2013, spokesman Joel
DeSpain said, helping with a program called Amigos en Azul
(Friends in Blue).
was a very competent and poised young woman," DeSpain
joined the Dallas Police Department in 2014 after she
couldn't find any jobs in Wisconsin, Schwartz said.
Rocha's husband's family is from Houston.
said she asked her sister if she still wants to be an
way she put it is, 'I'm still in this,'" Schwartz
said. "She's so tough."
STAYED AT HIS POST
Cpl. Bryan Shaw of the El Centro Community College police
force heard gunfire while on patrol inside a college
building and was about to head outside when more shots
shattered its glass door.
bullet grazed his abdomen, but he still took a position
with other officers facing down the gunman, college Police
Chief Joseph Hannigan said.
one point, he reached under his vest and came out with a
handful of blood," Hannigan told reporters Monday.
"So he realized he was injured but did not leave his
post. He stayed there the entire night until the incident
was under control."
treated by hours after the shooting started. He is resting
at home but will have surgery later this week, Hannigan
NAVY MEDIC TRIED TO SAVE OFFICER WHO DIED
John Abbott, also of the El Centro Community College
police force, was with his colleague Cpl. Bryan Shaw when
shots shattered a glass door, and shards were sent flying
into both of his legs, the college said.
also a trained U.S. Navy medic and tried to help Brent
Thompson, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer killed in
treated his own injuries and went back to work. He is also
recovering at home, the college said.