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Surviving Dallas officer recounts trying to save colleagues

  • Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, left, is pictured recovering at his home with his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

    Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, left, is pictured recovering at his home with his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, left, is pictured recovering at his home with his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

    Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, left, is pictured recovering at his home with his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, gestures with his injured hand as his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, looks on during an interview Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

    Dallas Police Department Officer Jorge Barrientos, gestures with his injured hand as his girlfriend, Bethany Knutson, looks on during an interview Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Dallas. Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel when a gunman attacked officers at a protest against police brutality July 7, 2016. He recounted desperately trying to help fellow officers who were shot, including three from his unit who died. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)  (The Associated Press)

As his fellow officers lay shot on a Dallas street, Jorge Barrientos desperately tried to get them help.

The 28-year-old and his colleagues from the Fox Trot Unit of the Dallas Police Department had been finishing directing traffic away from protesters at a march downtown when the shots rang out.

Within feet from where he looked on, Barrientos could see three officers from his unit who had been wounded.

Barrientos helped pull them into police cars and rush them to the hospital. In the process, Barrientos was shot in the hand and struck by shrapnel in his chest.

Ultimately, his three colleagues were among five who died in the shooting attack.

Barrientos recalled the anguishing ambush Sunday as he recovered at his home with family.