Last night, police protecting protesters in Dallas were ambushed—12 officers shot, five lost their lives. My heart breaks for these officers, their families and our country. This tragedy marks the worst attack on United States law enforcement officers since 9/11. These officers swore an oath to protect and serve their community and were killed and wounded honoring that oath.
During the attack, officers under fire broke cover to rush protestors and civilians to safety. Others approached and entered the building where the shooter had taken cover. The suspect in the building was killed.
These officers and each brave member of our law enforcement community put on their uniforms daily, leave their families and risk their lives to protect us. As we saw last night, police officers run towards danger, while everyone else flees.
I have been to too many funerals for fallen officers and too often have comforted loved-ones left to cope with life without their husband, wife, father or mother. These heroes should never be forgotten and the brave men and women serving in Dallas should be praised for their response to this tragedy. The actions they took saved lives.
I stand with Dallas and our entire law enforcement community against this cowardly act. As we mourn the senseless loss of life, my prayers are with these officers, their families, Dallas and our entire country.