(619) 505-7777

Gay officer is one of those injured in Dallas sniper fire

Jesus Retana (L) and husband Andrew Moss (R)
Photo credit:

DALLAS - Jesus Retana, 39, was one of seven officers injured by a sniper’s rifle at a peaceful Dallas protest on Thursday evening, five more officers were killed. 

 Retana, an officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since 2006 was released Friday and is reportedly resting at home, he is expected to make a full recovery. 

He is married to former officer Andrew Moss. 

The shootings  happened on Thursday night when demonstrators, angered at the recent police shootings and deaths of two black men from Louisiana and Minnesota, took to the downtown streets for a peaceful protest.

At approximately 8:45 (CDT) gunfire from multiple snipers at an “elevated location” took aim at local law enforcement, killing five and injuring seven.

The Dallas Police quickly took action and arrested three people, killing a fourth with a robot-guided bomb after he would not surrender.

Before he died, the suspect said he is not affiliated with any group and was angry at "white people," especially white law enforcement for taking the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Authorities are not giving many details about those in custody, saying only that they want to make sure everyone being held was involved.

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said in a press conference that the shooters “triangulated” the downtown protest route and “had some knowledge of the area.”

President Obama was in Warsaw, Poland, speaking with European Union leaders during the shootings and released a statement today about the incident.

"I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas,” the statement says. “Let's be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done."

Among those also injured are Misty McBride, 32 and Omar Cannon, 44.

Officers who were killed have been identified as:

Brent Thompson, 43

Patrick Zamarippa,32

Michael Krol, 40

Michael Smith, 55

Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens