(DALLAS) — Officials have started to release the identities of the five Dallas officers killed by sniper fire overnight during anti-police brutality protests.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) confirmed officer Brent Thompson, 43, was killed during Thursday night's shootings.
DART grieving the loss of Ofc Brent Thompson, 43, killed during Thurs protest. First DART officer killed in line of duty. Joined DART 2009.— dartmedia (@dartmedia) July 8, 2016
Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART's formation in 1989. He joined the department in 2009, according to a statement released by DART.
"As you can imagine, our hearts are broken," DART said in a statement. "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."
Three other DART officers were injured including Omar Cannon, 44; Misty McBride, 32; Jesus Retana, 39. A DART spokesman said "they are expected to recover from their injuries."
DART services in downtown Dallas were suspended following the shooting. The department is evaluating their for Friday morning.
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