Oak Cliff cops among those killed in sniper fire

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Lorne and Katrina Ahrens

Three of the officers killed in last week’s shooting Downtown worked for the Dallas Police Department’s Southwest Division, which serves Oak Cliff.

Lorne Ahrens, 48, moved to Dallas from Southern California in 2002 to take a job with DPD, and he worked his way up to senior corporal. His wife, Katrina, also is a Dallas Police officer. She had expected him to recover from surgery after the shooting, but he died during a second surgery, according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper story says Ahrens was about 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, a former football player with tattoos who had a soft spot for children. The Ahrens, who reside in Burleson, have two children, a 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.

Ahrens grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he served the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years.

Here is an interview with his brother in South Carolina. And here is one with his step mother in Alaska. The Washington Post interviewed his father-in-law in Burleson. Ahrens’ funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

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Patrick Zamarippa

Patrick Zamarippa, 32, survived three tours in Iraq during his service in the U.S. Navy. He had recently moved from Southwest to the Central Division, which serves Downtown as well as parts of Uptown and East Dallas.

Zamarippa had two young children, according to NBC DFW.

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Michael Krol, 40, was a native of Massachusetts. He started with DPD in 2008, and his family described him as “a big guy with a big heart.” He worked as a security guard before moving to Dallas to become a cop, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Along with the three casualties at the Southwest Division, three of the seven wounded, Gretchen Rocha, Ivan Saldana and Jorge Barrintos, were stationed there.


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