Fears are growing that the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas may lead to a spate of copycat cop shootings across the U.S.
The morning after five officers lost their lives in Dallas, police in both the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, and the town of Valdosta, Georgia, have been ambushed and shot, reports Russia Today.
According to the St Louis Post Dispatch, the officer in Ballwin had stopped a car for speeding but as he returned to his car, the driver got out, ‘advanced quickly’ and fired three shots at him.
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The officer is reported to be in a critical but stable condition however, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said:
It was clearly an ambush, an attack. There was no confrontation, no argument, no nothing.
The suspect – identified as 31-year-old Antonio Taylor – was captured and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered.
On the same day, an officer in Valdosta, Georgia was injured in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect. The officer was investigating a report of a damaged vehicle when a man opened fire, which the officer returned, police said.
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Both men were injured in the exchange, with Police Chief Brian Childress saying:
He is out of surgery now and I’m happy to report he’s going to be fine. He’s in stable condition but he’s in the ICU as a precaution.
There’s nothing to indicate this shooting is related to the one in Dallas, but you start to wonder. Any motive of why this happened this morning would be speculation.
In yet another incident, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealed that a man who shot at cars on a highway on Thursday morning – prior to the Dallas attack – was ‘troubled’ by police shootings of African-Americans, and may have been targeting officers.