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Five officers killed in Dallas sniper attack identified

Noelle Hendrix places flowers near the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.
Photo by Associated Press.

Noelle Hendrix places flowers near the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.

DALLAS - Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials say three DART police officers wounded by snipers during a protest are expected to recover.

Thursday night's shootings left four Dallas police officers and one DART officer dead, plus seven other officers wounded. The demonstration was to protest two fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.

A DART statement Friday identified the agency's three wounded personnel as 44-year-old Officer Omar Cannon, 32-year-old Officer Misty McBride and 39-year-old Officer Jesus Retana. DART spokesman Morgan Lyons did not release details of the injuries, but said all three should recover.

Officer Brent Thompson was the first DART officer killed in the line of duty since the transit agency formed a police department in 1989. Thompson was 43 and had worked as a DART officer since 2009.

WXYZ-TV in Detroit is reporting that a former Detroit detention officer who had moved to Dallas, Michael Krol, 40, was also among the officers killed.

Family members have identified Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, as a third officer fatally shot.

The Washington Post reports that Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens died at the hospital after surgery.

WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported that the fifth officer killed was Michael Smith, 55.

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