Two back-to-back shootings have claimed the lives of police officers in the line of duty.
On Thursday in Dallas, Texas, snipers shot 12 Dallas police officers, 5 of which died. A suspect was killed after authorities cornered him in a garage, exchanged gunfire, then detonated a bomb. Three other suspects were taken into custody. The city was on lock-down after the ambush, and it was named the deadliest day for law enforcement since September 11th.
Hours after the murder of the five Dallas officers, another shooting took place in a St. Louis, suburb, killing yet another police officer.
It happened at about 11:00 a.m. on Friday near the 300 block of New Ballwin Road in Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the officer was shot in the neck three times during a traffic stop for speeding.
It happened right in front of a bystander.
Twitter user @JeffCo411 wrote the caption “Cop shot right in front of me” after uploading this image.
The officer was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown but Bizpac Review reported that his prognosis is “not good.”
Police and emergency crews investigated the scene.
The suspect’s name was not released, but he is described as a tall, thin, black man. The man was arrested after a chase on foot, and officers recovered a handgun from his possession. He is currently in custody.
This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.