A Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency officer killed Thursday night when gunfire rained down on officers at protest in downtown Dallas had gotten married just two weeks earlier, the agency’s chief said Friday.
Brent Thompson, 43, was one of five officers killed in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11, CNN reported.
Seven more offers were hospitalized after being wounded in the attack, authorities said.
Thompson married a fellow transit officer two weeks earlier, DART Chief James Spiller told CNN’s “New Day.”
“Brent was a great officer,” said Spiller. “He was an outstanding patrol officer as well as a rail officer. We have the highest respect for him.”
Thompson joined the transit agency in 2009, and was its first officer killed in the line of duty, DART tweeted.
The gunfire started as demonstrators marched against the shooting deaths of two African-American men killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
President Barack Obama commented on the shootings from Warsaw, Poland.
“We still don’t know all the facts. We do know there’s been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement,” Obama said. “I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified.”