Crime & Justice

One officer killed in Dallas was a former LA Sheriff's dispatcher

Lorne Ahrens, one of the police officers killed in the Dallas shooting, worked at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department from 1991 to 2002. He is seen here fifth from left, not wearing a uniform.
Lorne Ahrens, one of the police officers killed in the Dallas shooting, worked at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department from 1991 to 2002. He is seen here fifth from left, not wearing a uniform.
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

Lorne Ahrens, one of the police officers killed in Thursday night's Dallas shooting, worked at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department from 1991 to 2002, according to a statement from the department. He was a dispatcher before leaving to join the Dallas Police Department.

Ahrens was highly regarded, according to the statement.

"His colleagues today at the LASD are describing him as the type of person who always had a smile on his face and greeted you with kind regard. They said he was an incredible dispatcher who served the patrol deputies in the field well by always looking out for them and taking officer safety into account when dispatching calls for service," the statement read.

"Lorne was a big guy with an even bigger heart," L.A. County Sheriff's Capt. Merrill Ladenheim said in the statement.

Thursday night's shooting left five officers dead, injuring seven others.