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Jorge Barrientos, a Dallas police officer, recalled the night of the shooting
Said he was redirecting traffic when colleague Michael Krol was shot
Within moments three of his fellow officers and friends were lying injured
Barreintos described efforts to save them, including trying to seal a chest wound with plastic from a cigarette packet to stop a man’s lung collapsing
Ultimately Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, and Lorne Ahrens were all killed
A police officer has described the harrowing moment he watched three of his colleagues shot dead during the Dallas shooting which claimed the lives of five officers.
Jorge Barrientos, who was shot in the left hand, said he was with the Fox Trot Unit of the Dallas Police Department directing traffic away from protesters in the city when the gunfire started.
Barrientos said he never caught sight of the gunman before he opened fire – the first he knew of an attack was a loud burst of gunfire before watching colleague Michael Krol collapse to the floor.
Barrientos, 28, said he dropped to the ground, trying to make his way toward Krol and get cover while a short distance away, two other officers from his unit lay shot and bleeding.
What followed were long, desperate moments to try and save his colleagues, that would ultimately lead to three of them dying, including Krol.
‘These were my brothers,’ Barrientos said Sunday as he recovered at home. ‘I’m frustrated because I couldn’t do more.’
Barrientos, a four-year member of the Dallas Police Department, had been working in the Fox Trot Unit for the last six months.
The unit responded to all sorts of 911 calls, growing close during long, tiring days in a busy city department.
The march against police brutality had been entirely routine. The Fox Trot Unit was doing what Barrientos said they always do: taking care of the community.
Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, took a homeless man to a nearby 7-Eleven to buy him food, Barrientos said.
By around 9pm the crowd was beginning to disperse. The men were expected to be discharged from their posts any minute and go home to their families. Zamarripa never made it.
‘He knew what he was doing,’ Barrientos said of Johnson, a black Army veteran who told police he wanted to kill white officers.
Johnson was killed with a bomb delivered by remote-controlled robot after a standoff.
‘He knew where he was firing from. He ambushed us in a manner that he didn’t want us to see where he was,’ Barrientos said.
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