Four police officers shot in US cities
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.
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