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Navy vet, Army Ranger, newlywed among Dallas officers killed

Brent Thompson, 43, got married two weeks prior to his shooting death. (Source: DART via CNN) Brent Thompson, 43, got married two weeks prior to his shooting death. (Source: DART via CNN)
Michael Krol was confirmed among the dead officers by his former employer. (Source: Wayne County (MI) Sheriff's Office) Michael Krol was confirmed among the dead officers by his former employer. (Source: Wayne County (MI) Sheriff's Office)
Family members confirmed the death of Dallas Police officer Patrick Zamarripa. (Source: @Dustin_Mfwood/Twitter via CNN) Family members confirmed the death of Dallas Police officer Patrick Zamarripa. (Source: @Dustin_Mfwood/Twitter via CNN)

(RNN) - Five police officers were killed in Dallas when gunshots rang out in the middle of a protest of recent police violence.

Police are in the process of releasing the names of the victims.

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson, 43, was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer who had gotten married two weeks prior to the shooting to another DART officer, according to a DART representative.

He is the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty since the department was established in 1989. He joined the department in 2009.

DART released a statement about his death:

"As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. 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."

Patrick Zamarripa

The family of Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, confirmed he was one of the officers killed.

The Washington Post reported that Zamarripa served three tours of duty in Iraq while in the Navy. He was married and had a 2-year-old daughter.

His father, Rick Zamarripa, posted the news to Facebook and later shared a post from a cousin that included a picture of Zamarripa and his daughter. Zamarippa's stepbrother also tweeted a picture.

Michael Krol

The sheriff's office in Wayne County, Michigan, confirmed Michael Krol was killed in Dallas.

Krol, 40, had previously worked for the sheriff's department from 2003 to 2007. He had been a member of the Dallas PD since then.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon released a statement on Krol's death:

"We are saddened by the loss of the dedicated officers in Dallas—one of whom was a former member of this agency—and also the wounding of the other officers. Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died honoring their oaths to protect and serve.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and also the Dallas Police Department."

Michael Smith

WFAA reported Dallas Police officer Michael Smith, 55, was killed in the shooting.

He served as an Army Ranger and had two young daughters. He joined the Dallas police force in 1989, and WFAA reported he had recently discussed retirement.

The Dallas Morning News reported he had previously been wounded on the job, receiving 31 stitches suffering a gash to the head while protecting a fellow officer during a search of gang members.

Lorne Ahrens

The Dallas Morning News reported Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, 48, was killed. The paper said he had served the Dallas Police Department for 14 years.

He was married to a Dallas Police detective. They had a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.

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