Gay police officer wounded in Dallas shooting that killed five colleagues

DART officer Jesus Retana was injured in sniper shooting

Gay police officer Jesus Retana was wounded in the shocking Thursday night ambush shooting in Dallas that left five officers dead.

Retana, 39, is at home recovering from his wounds and so far has declined to speak publicly.

In addition to the five officers killed, Retana was among the seven injured in all.

Two gunmen opened fire during what had been a peaceful rally and march in downtown Dallas and also injured two civilians.

The rally was one of many taking place in the US in protest of two black men being killed in separate incidents by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The gunman has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, who had served with the military in Afghanistan.

He was eventually killed by police using a bomb robot after negotiations broke down, according to CNN.

Before he was killed, he told police he was upset over the recent shootings and wanted to kill white people – white police officers.

Johnson said he was not affiliated with any groups and was acting alone.

As for Retana, he has worked for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for the past decade.

The New Civil Rights reports that Retana has been married since 2008 to Andrew Moss who is a former DART police officer.

Moss, who left DART in 2010 for health reasons, had successfully led the fight for DART to provide insurance benefits for same-sex partners.

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