TEXAS, U.S. - Sunday turned out to be a bloody day for the police in the United States as one officer was killed and three others injured in separate incidents across four different ...
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TEXAS, U.S. - Sunday turned out to be a bloody day for the police in the United States as one officer was killed and three others injured in separate incidents across four different states.
A 50-year-old San Antonio Detective, Benjamin Marconi was shot dead while he was issuing a traffic ticket.
In the unprovoked ambush-style slaying, the assailant shot Marconi twice in the head.
Although the suspect, who was about 5’7” tall and had a beard, has not been arrested yet, the police released a video of the person entering the public safety headquarters. Police hope to identify the person soon.
Police Chief William McManus said, “I feel we were targeted. I think the uniform was the target and the first person who happened along was the person he targeted. We have pulled out all the stops in the search for this individual. I will not stop until this person is in custody.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a statement said, “Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice, which is why I look forward to signing my Police Protection Act into law - making targeted attacks against law enforcement a hate crime.”
He also announced a reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case, bringing the total reward offered in the case up to $25,000.
The second shooting was reported in St Louis at 7.30 in the evening.
A 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face and fled while he was waiting at the patrol car at the traffic.
The 19-year-old suspect, who was wanted for violent crimes, carjacking, robberies and homicide, was later killed by police when he fired at the officer searching for him.
Police Chief Sam Dotson said the sergeant “fortunately for the blessing of God was going to survive” without disclosing his name.
Mayor Francis Slay said that the unprovoked attack was a reminder of “how dangerous it is to be a police officer.”
Calling the shooting “traumatic” Slay said, “The officer didn’t deserve this. He was just doing his job. He was targeted because he was a police officer.”
The third incident took place in Sanibel, a small coastal town in Florida.
At around 8 pm, an officer was shot in a similar ambush style attack. The officer was having a routine traffic stop when a ‘drive-by scooter’ opened fire.
The injured official was released after undergoing treatment at the hospital. The suspect was arrested after a brief shootout with police.
The other non-fatal shooting was reported in Gladstone, Missouri.
An officer sustained minor injuries during a struggle with a late-teenager who fled from a traffic stop.
The authorities claimed that during the scuffle, the man revealed a handgun and he was killed as shots were exchanged.
2016 has so far become the deadliest year in America - witnessing deaths of 57 law and enforcement officers.
The data shows a sharp 68 percent increase from the same period last year and the number is still increasing with over a month to go.
Five months ago, a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas while they were patrolling at a demonstration against fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement after 9/11 in 2001.