Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas. Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News/Handout via REUTERS

San Diego area officials were mourning Friday five Dallas Police officers killed in the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11.

Seven officers and two civilians were also wounded in the attack Thursday night during a protest against recent police shootings in other states. Three suspects have been taken into custody and a fourth was killed in an explosion following a shootout with police, according to media reports.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said via Twitter that she and her officers were sending “thoughts and prayers” to the Dallas Police Department.

Members of the San Diego Police Officers Association, the officers’ union, were also sending thoughts and prayers to their counterparts in Dallas.

“We hope for a quick recovery to those who were injured and our hearts go out to the friends and families of the officers who paid the ultimate price tonight,” a statement on the SDPOA’s Facebook page said.

San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman expressed condolences on Twitter.

“No words,” he wrote. “Thoughts and prayers to our police and their family members nationwide.”

Officials with the San Diego County Office of Education responded to the violence with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

—City News Service

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