On Sunday alone, there were four shootings of police officers, leading people to wonder if this is another coordinated assault of law enforcement by radical groups like Black Lives Matter.
In San Antonio, a police officer was shot dead during a routine traffic stop. The police chief said this was a targeted shooting similar to recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. 20-year-veteran Det. Benjamin Marconi, was shot in his patrol car outside police headquarters.
Marconi had just pulled over a driver and returned to his patrol car when a man drove up behind him, CNN is reporting.
The man walked right up to the patrol car and shot the officer in the head through the open window. He then reached through the window and shot him a second time. He then returned to his car and drove away. The suspect is described as a “slim black man in his 20s or 30s.”
Sunday evening in St. Louis, an officer was ambushed as a gunman pulled up to a marked police SUV and opened fire. The officer, a 46-year-old sergeant who was a 20-year veteran of the force was shot twice in the head but is expected to survive.
The suspect fled the scene, leading to a manhunt that lasted until early Monday morning. Eventually, the gunman was killed when he opened fire again at police.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the wounded officer’s gun was still in a holster as the suspect pulled alongside the vehicle.
The officer, who looked to his left, told investigators he saw the muzzle flash and felt the glass window shatter against him.
After the shooting, the wounded sergeant called 911 dispatch on his radio.
Later that evening in Sanibel, Florida, an officer was shot in his shoulder during a routine traffic stop. Jarred Ciccone was treated and released from the hospital, WINK News is reporting.
The suspect drove by and opened fire while Officer Ciccone was working a traffic stop involving another driver.
“What we do know is that he definitely suffered a wound, definitely something to be very concerned about,” Retired Sanibel Police Chief Bill Tomlinson said. “We at the Sanibel Police Department are very concerned for him and his family, and we hope that he’ll be fine.”
The suspect drove into a nearby neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with officers. He then went to his home and barricaded himself inside. Eventually, he was shot and surrendered to authorities.
Is this another wave of “Black Lives Matter” related shootings or mere coincidence? We don’t quite know yet, but four ambush shootings in 24 hours looks pretty suspicious.
One would hope BLM will come out and condemn these vicious, unprovoked attacks.