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The first and only fatal shooting took place just before noon in San Antonio, directly outside the police station, as a 20-year veteran of the police department issued a traffic ticket from inside his patrol car. The assailant, seemingly unconnected to the original motorist, shot the officer twice in the head before fleeing in a black car. No suspect is in custody.
The second shooting was reported at about 7:30 Sunday evening in the city of St. Louis. A 46-year-old officer was sitting in traffic in his patrol car when another car pulled up alongside him. Someone inside shot the officer twice in the face then fled. The 19-year-old suspect was later shot and killed by police when authorities say he fired at officers searching for him. The officer who was shot in the face is expected to survive.
At 8 p.m., the third ambush-style shooting shocked the small coastal Florida town of Sanibel, where for the first time in the city’s history an officer was shot in the line of duty. Like the attack in San Antonio, the Florida officer was sitting in his car after a “routine traffic stop” when, according to the News-Press, a “drive-by shooter” opened fire. The injured officer was treated and released from a hospital, officials said, and the suspect was arrested after a shootout with police.
At least five other officers have been targeted and shot just this month; two fatally in Iowa; one fatally and another non-fatally in Pennsylvania; and one fatally in California.
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LEOs ... please, please keep your heads on a swivel out there and know there are many of us praying for your safety each and every day.
It's probably impossible due to staff shortages around the country but do you think officers should double up so there's an extra set of eyes in each vehicle?