After the Dallas attack on 11 officers which resulted in the deaths of five, two more police officers have been shot today. The two separate shootings took place in Georgia and Missouri.
Fox2Now in Missouri reports:
Authorities are investigating after a police officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning in west St. Louis County. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. near the 300 block of New Ballwin Road. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the wound was in the neck.
The officer, who works for the Ballwin Police Department, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
The suspect was apprehended a short time later in the 800 block of Burgundy Lane after a foot pursuit. A weapon was recovered.
Police say he is a tall, thin African-American male who was wearing a gray tee-shirt and blue jeans.
The officer is currently in critical condition and it does not look good.
A source who has been inside says of the wounded Ballwin Officer, "it's not good." pic.twitter.com/gCm5AfTEN1
— Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen) July 8, 2016
And ABC News in Georgia reports:
A man opened fire Friday on a police officer investigating a report of a damaged vehicle in south Georgia and was wounded when the officer returned fire, police said. The suspect also was wounded, but both men are expected to survive.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said the officer was shot “multiple times” and that he’s grateful both men will be OK.
“He is out of surgery now. His family is at the hospital. And I’m happy to report he’s going to be fine,” Childress said. “He’s in stable condition but he’s in the ICU as a precaution.”
The suspect was not identified.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton said one of the shots hit the officer in the abdomen, just below his protective vest. Other shots hit the officer’s vest. Dutton said it’s early in the investigation, but there’s nothing to indicate that the shooting was related to the ambush of police officers in Dallas.
“You start to wonder. But any motive of why this happened this morning would be speculation,” Childress said.
Our police officers are under assault. They risk their lives to protect and serve but are being rewarded with senseless, brutal, and barbaric attacks against them.
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