Cops attacked in 3 more states
The morning after five police officers were fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, police officers were ambushed and shot in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, Missouri and Valdosta, Georgia. Authorities in Tennessee said Thursday’s shooting also targeted cops.
The officer wounded in Missouri was taken by ambulance to the Mercy Hospital emergency room, according to reporter Mike Colombo.
He is in critical but stable condition, the Ballwin Police Department said Friday afternoon.
The Ballwin police officer was walking back to his squad car when the suspect got out of his car and ambushed the officer with a firearm before fleeing the scene, an unidentified source told KSDK’s Jacob Long.
The Valdosta officer was shot“multiple times,” Police Chief Brian Childress said, as quoted by AP.
"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."
One of the gunshots hit the man in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton said. Other bullets hit the officer in his vest.
The gunman who shot at cars on a Tennessee highway on Thursday morning was “troubled” by police shootings of African-Americans, and may have been targeting officers, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday afternoon.