Four police of­fi­cers shot in US cities

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ONE po­lice­man was shot dead and three oth­ers shot and wounded in four US cities, coin­cid­ing with an epi­demic of racially-tinged gun vi­o­lence in­volv­ing law en­force­ment.

Police were shot in San An­to­nio, Texas; Sani­bel, Florida; and in the Mis­souri cities of St Louis and Glad­stone on Novem­ber 20, lo­cal police de­part­ments said.

There was no known con­nec­tion be­tween the shoot­ings.

In San An­to­nio, au­thor­i­ties were hunt­ing for a sus­pect who fa­tally shot 20-year ser­vice veteran De­tec­tive Ben­jamin Mar­coni twice in the head af­ter be­ing pulled over in traf­fic in front of police depart­ment head­quar­ters.

Police, who are re­ceiv­ing sup­port from fed­eral and state law en­force­ment, of­fered a US$10,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest, de­scrib­ing the un­named sus­pect as a black male wear­ing a hoodie and bag­gie pants.

A police of­fi­cer in Sani­bel, on the pic­turesque is­land of the same name off the Florida coast, was shot and wounded dur­ing a “rou­tine” traf­fic stop, of­fi­cials said.

The sus­pect, who has been ar­rested, drove by and shot the of­fi­cer af­ter he had stopped an­other driver, Sani­bel Police Chief Bill Tom­lin­son was quoted as say­ing.

In St Louis, a sus­pect shot a police sergeant through his rolled up win­dow as he sat in a marked police car in slow traf­fic.

The sus­pect, a black man be­lieved to have been re­spon­si­ble for a “series of crimes” in re­cent days in the area, in­clud­ing pos­si­bly a homi­cide, was later shot dead by police af­ter he ex­changed fire with other of­fi­cers.

Photo: EPA

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