Dallas was the center of a horrible police shooting last night, but officers in three separate states were also shot in the past 48 hours.
In Missouri today, an officer conducted a routine traffic stop and ended up being shot in the neck. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar––a name you might recognize from the days of Ferguson––said they believe the officer was ambushed and he is currently “fighting for life.”
The officer was shot three times and was rushed to the hospital. The suspect was apprehended, and Belmar said that he had been on probation for a weapons violation.
This very same morning, Officer Randal Hancock, in Georgia, responded to a 911 call about a break-in. When he arrived on the scene, the caller, who has been identified as Stephen Beck, opened fire. Hancock was shot three times. He shot back and hit Beck. Both of them are currently in the hospital.
But perhaps the most horrifying one came yesterday morning in Tennessee––a shooting that sounds similar to the one in Dallas.
The Dallas police chief said today that the sniper specifically wanted to kill white people. It appears that the Tennessee gunman may have planned the same, though that is unconfirmed. Four people were shot, including police officer Matthew Cousins, and a newspaper carrier named Jennifer Rooney was killed while driving.
The shooting suspect, identified as Lakeem Scott, had allegedly been randomly shooting at vehicles on the highway. Authorities are providing this explanation for his actions:
Preliminary findings indicate Scott may have targeted people and officers after being troubled by recent events involving black people and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.
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