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Dallas shooting is deadliest attack for police officers since 9/11

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01:17 - Source: CNN
Gunshots ring out in Dallas, officers killed

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Five police officers in Dallas were killed Thursday, 11 shot

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Five Dallas police officers were killed in the deadliest incident for law enforcement in the United States since 9/11, according to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

A total of 11 officers were shot at a protest that took place Thursday against police brutality.

The names of all five deceased officers have not yet been released, but they served in the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency. DART tweeted that it was grieving the death of Officer Brent Thompson, 43, who joined the agency in 2009.

“To say our police officers put their lives on the line everyday is not a hyperbole, it’s a reality,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings in a press conference early Friday morning.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that he was proud of the officers and saw “the courage and professionalism and their grit to stay on scene to search for the suspects while we’re vulnerable.”

In 2015, 41 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, according to FBI statistics. The number of police killed in the line of duty had been on the decline, having fallen from 51 in 2014.

Here’s a look at the deadliest incidents on law enforcement officers:

November 29, 2009

Four police officers from the Lakewood Police Department in Washington were killed at a coffee shop. The four slain officers were: Lt. Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold and Officer Greg Richards.

They were killed in an ambush-style shooting. The suspect in that attack, Maurice Clemmons, was shot and killed by police after a two-day manhunt. Police said he intentionally targeted the officers after a series of run-ins with authorities.