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5 officers dead, 7 injured in Dallas shootings

DALLAS (WIAT/AP) – 12 police officers were shot during a protest march in downtown Dallas Thursday night.

Five of the officers have died, seven are injured, according to the Dallas Mayor’s office. Two civilians were also injured.

Of the five police officers killed in the shootings in Dallas, four were Dallas police officers and one was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer, mayor’s spokesman Scott Goldstein said Friday. Of the seven other officers who were injured in the shootings, four are Dallas police officers and three are DART officers, Goldstein said.

Of the two civilians who were injured in the Dallas shootings, one male still is in a hospital, and one female was treated and released, Goldstein said.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit has identified its officer who was fatally shot when snipers opened fire during a downtown Dallas protest Thursday evening.

DART said early Friday morning that 43-year-old officer Brent Thompson was killed in the shootings. A tweet from @dartmedia says that Thompson joined the DART Police Department in 2009.

He is the first officer killed in the line of duty since the agency formed a police department in 1989.

Three other DART police officers were shot during the protest but are expected to recover from their injuries. In total, 11 officers were shot by at least two snipers in Dallas as a protest rally march ended.

DART Police Chief James Spiller said Thompson just got married to a fellow transit officer just two weeks ago.The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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