Four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Rapid Area Transit officer were killed during the Dallas shooting. The Dallas Rapid Area Transit Officer had served as a U.S. Marine.
Brent Thompson, 43, joined DART in 2009 after serving as a U.S. Marine and working as a veteran cop training local police in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thompson was the only DART officer to die in the shooting. This is the first death of a DART officer in the line of duty in the agency’s 27 year history.
Thompson recently got married 2 weeks ago to a fellow police officer.
“Brent was a great officer,” DART Chief James Spiller told MSNBC. “He has served admirably.”
Thompson worked for private Pentagon contractor, DynCorp International, as an international police liaison officer after serving in the U.S. Marines that hired and trained Iraqi and Afghan police. According to his LinkedIn page, the training included how to avoid an ambush.
“I was responsible for the day to day operations conducted by our American police officers who trained and mentored the Iraqi Police,” his LinkedIn read. “We mentored and taught our Iraqi/Afghan counterparts democratic policing, and assisted in the establishment of the police departments in those locations.”
“As you can imagine, our hearts are broken,” the agency said in a statement. “We are grateful to report the three other DART police officers shot during the protest are expected to recover from their injuries.”
The other three DART officers injured in the attack are Omar Cannon, 44, Misty McBride, 32, and Jesus Retana, 39.