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Last night's sniper ambush during a Dallas, Texas protest against police violence killed five police officers, including one of Mexican descent.
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was the father of a two-year-old. He enrolled in the Navy after leaving high school and later fought three tours in Iraq.
He'd been in the police department for five years. “He comes to the United States to protect people here,” his father Rick Zamarripa told The Washington Post. “And they take his life,”
His father said he was watching TV on Thursday when he learned that a person opened fire in Dallas, where dozens were protesting the shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. He wrote his son to ask if he was okay. “Yes, dad. I’ll call you back,” he wrote back.
But the next call came from the hospital where Zamarripa passed away.
In his Twitter profile, Zamarripa described himself as "addicted" to his job. "I love my country, Texas, my family, God, my friends and sports!" the profile says.
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Brent Thompson, a 43-year-old officer who worked for Dallas Area Rapid Transit is the only victim identified so far by the authorities. He's also the first official from that agency to die in the line of duty.
Michael Krol, 40, was another of the five officers killed. “He was a big guy and had a big heart,” his brother-in-law Brian Schoenbaechler told The Washington Post. “It doesn’t seem real."