Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 420
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 7, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Killed by officers
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police J.D. Spiller
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department
2111 S. Corinth Street Road
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: (214) 749-5900
Police Officer Brent Thompson of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa of the Dallas Police Department were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.
As the protesters walked down Main Street between South Lamar Street and South Market Street, a sniper opened fire on police officers who were providing security for the event. The man shot a total of 12 officers, killing five and wounding seven.
The subject was cornered in an adjacent parking garage and barricaded himself inside for several hours while he spoke to negotiators, during which time he stated he specifically targeted white police officers. He was killed when the Dallas Police Department’s Bomb Squad moved an explosive device to the man’s location using a robot and detonated it.
Officer Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, and wife. His wife also serves as an officer with the DART Police.
Thompson, 43, was the first person killed in the line of duty in the 27-year history of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit authority, or DART.
"Brent was a great officer," DART Chief James Spiller told MSNBC early Friday. "He has served admirably during his time here at DART."
The chief also said on TODAY that Thompson was on patrol duty when he was killed, although sometimes worked as a rail officer. He had just been married in the last two weeks. His spouse was a fellow transit officer, according to reports.
"This is very heartbreaking for us … we will definitely miss him, and we are also making sure that his family is taken care of," Spiller added.
Thompson was a 1990 graduate of Corsicana High School, south of Dallas, and taught at nearby Navarro College’s police academy from 2001 to 2004, according to his LinkedIn page.
For the next four years, he was an international police liaison officer with DynCorp International, a private military contractor. He wrote on LinkedIn that he was responsible for the "day to day operations conducted by our American police officers who trained and mentored the Iraqi Police."
In an interview with The New York Times in September 2006, Thompson described how the police force in Afghanistan was more poorly equipped compared with their Iraqi counterparts.
In 2009, he joined DART.