From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
A Message from Sheriff Gahler
Tragically, 5 police officers were killed and 6 injured in Dallas Texas by cowards who targeted these brave officers while they performed their duties serving the citizens of their community. Unfortunately, the number of lives lost and those wounded may climb as the news continues to be updated. The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police are grieving the loss of their officers and supporting those that were injured in the attack that occurred last night.
Sadly, this is the deadliest day for law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Preliminary information indicates this was much more than a random attack on the fabric of our Country. This was a planned and targeted attack on the men and women sworn to protect our way of life. While this vicious and senseless attack remains under investigation, it is clear we witnessed heroes in action as they ran toward the shooting, shielded the innocents, rendered aid while being fired upon and gave their lives in service to their community.
In recognition to those officers who have lost their lives while in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others and those still fighting for their lives in Dallas, I am authorizing the wearing of our badge shrouds through the final law enforcement internment service. Please stay vigilant and alert as you keep these brave men and women and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON SHOOTINGS IN DALLAS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today released the following statement on the shootings in Dallas, Texas last night:
“I join Maryland and the nation in offering my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the officers killed and injured in the line of duty and the civilians caught in the crossfire last night in Dallas.
“Each and every day, our law enforcement officers report for duty not knowing what dangers they may face. Men and women in blue put their lives on the line to keep our families and communities safe. I thank officers across the country for their service.
“Like all Americans, I am deeply concerned about racial disparities in our criminal justice system and about gun violence in our communities, our schools and our churches. Police officers have a difficult job and the vast majority serve in an outstanding and honorable manner.
“As we grieve with the families of the victims and struggle to understand this tragedy, we should lift up our voices in a unified call for peace.”?