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Two El Centro Officers Injured in Dallas Protest Shootings

Cpl. Bryan Shaw, Officer John Abbott continued to help others after being injured in Dallas protest shooting

Two El Centro College police officers were injured in the shootings at a peaceful protest in Dallas that left five officers dead and several others injured.

El Centro police Cpl. Bryan Shaw and Officer John Abbott were not included in the initial report of seven Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit officers injured in the shooting.

Cpl. Bryan Shaw

El Centro officials said Shaw was struck under his vest when the gunman — since identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson — shot out glass doors at college's Lamar Street entrance.

Five minutes after being treated at the scene, he returned to protect other officers and civilians with bullet fragments still lodged in his stomach.

Shaw will require surgery but is resting at home with his family.

Officer John Abbott

Abbott also was guarding the Lamar Street entrance and was injured by flying glass, according to El Centro officials.

Before receiving treatment for his injuries — Abbott, a U.S. Navy medic — went to help DART officer Brent Thompson, who died at the scene. Abbott then treated himself before returning to protect other officers and civilians.

Abbott is recovering at home.

Officials said El Centro Police Chief Joseph Hannigan and officers Luis Hernandez, Andrew Maughan and Gene Pouncy were also on duty at the scene Thursday.

Off-duty El Centro officers Capt. Rex Gaston, Sgt. Lauri Boudreau, Sgt. Mike Holmes, Cpl. Erroll Russell and officers Donald Brazil, Michael Brown, Rodrigo Garcia, Charles Stewart, Troy Willis and Nathan Reed and North Lake College's Lt. Michael Beissel also responded to the scene after the shootings were reported.

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