St. Louis Police Officer Wounded in ‘Ambush’ Style Attack, Gunman Killed in Shootout

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By Andrew Stiles | 7:21 am, November 21, 2016
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A St. Louis police sergeant was shot twice in the head during an ambush-style attack on Sunday night, hours after a San Antonio policer officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in what is believed to have been a targeted attack.

St. Louis Police pursued the gunman into the early morning hours on Monday, when a firefight ensued and officers fatally shot the gunman. No other officers were injured.

The officer shot in the earlier attack, a 20-year law enforcement veteran and father of three, is expected to survive. St. Louis Police Department Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer “was driving down the road and was ambushed” by the gunman.

The wounded cop described seeing the flash of a muzzle and feeling a burst of shattered glass from his window. He was transported to the hospital after contacting 911 over his car radio.

Hours prior to the shooting in St. Louis, a police officer in San Antonio was fatally shot in a drive-by attack while conducting a traffic stop near police headquarters, prompting a massive manhunt for the suspected killer.

“This is everyone’s worst nightmare. You never want to see anything like this happen,” said San Antonio police Chief William McManus.

The fatal shooting was described as a targeted attack similar to previous officer shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Those cities saw (at times violent) protests earlier this year — sparked by the release of video footage showing police officers fatally shooting unarmed black civilians.

The officer killed in San Antonio, 50-year-old Benjamin Marconi, brings the total number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms this year to 58, which is nearly a 50 percent increase compared to 2015.