Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 10112
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 7, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Killed by officers
Agency Contact Information
Chief David Brown
Dallas Police Department
1400 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: (214) 671-4065
Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, of the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit 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 Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and stepson.
Zamarripa, a six-year Dallas Police Department veteran, served eight years in active duty with the U.S. Navy and another five years in the reserves. He was a Petty Officer 2nd Class and Master at Arms in the U.S. and Iraq, where he survived three tours of duty.
Along the way, 32-year-old Zamarripa was honored with numerous awards and commendations, including the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
"The Navy family and, indeed, all of America grieve at the senseless loss of MA2 Zamarripa and his fellow police officers," said Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun. "Together they faithfully and honorably served their Nation and community and through their devotion to duty will forever stand as a shining example and source of inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known them."
The married father of a 2-year-old daughter was a devoted family man, and his love for his Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys ran deep, friends said.
Zamarripa, who often listened to local sports radio, became friends with one of the hosts of 105.3 The Fan, Ben Rogers. They would talk about sports and Zamarripa’s police work.
"This police officer — it doesn’t get any better than this," Rogers said. "He’s just a guy who wants to serve and protect during the day, and watch a ballgame with his family at night."
Zamarripa recalled to Rogers about one incident in which a suspect had him over a rail at an apartment complex. Zamarripa thought he was going to die, until his partner got the other guy off of him, pulling him up and saving his life.
"He had a twinkle in his eye that made you think he was excited and passionate about life," Rogers said.