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Slain Dallas cop had chance meeting with Cuba Gooding Jr.

Patrick Zamarripa, one of the five Dallas police

Patrick Zamarripa, one of the five Dallas police officers killed on July 7, 2016, during an ambush at a protest, in February tweeted a photo of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., left, himself and his partner. Photo Credit: Patrick Zamarripa via Twitter

One of the five Dallas police officers killed on Thursday, July 7, during ambush at what had been a peaceful protest once had a chance meeting with “People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” star Cuba Gooding Jr.

Officer Patrick Zamarripa posted the photo on Twitter in February 2016 of himself, his partner and the smiling actor with the caption, “The great @cubagoodingjr. Thanx for taking the pic with my partner and I. Hope your stay in #Dallas was great sir!”

TMZ.com reports that Gooding Jr. became emotional when recently asked about the chance photo with the slain police officer. Gooding Jr. has been photographed before joking around with cops in New York City.

Zamarripa’s Twitter had been regularly updated before his death, with his profile description reading, “Addicted to the thrill of this job. I own the night. I love my Country, Texas, Family, God, Friends, and Sports! Don't Tread on Me! 'Merica.”

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