A Las Vegas police officer was shot Sunday in an ambush attack as he sat with his partner in his squad car, Fox News reports. The suspected gunman is in custody. Two officers were leaving the scene of a disturbance call at a .99 Cents Only store when someone walked up to their patrol car while it was stopped at a traffic light and fired three shots, striking one of the officers in the hand. Police did not return fire during the encounter.
The case follows the murders of officers in Texas and Illinois in the past two weeks. Texas Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth was killed as he filled his cruiser with gas on Aug. 28. Goforth was shot from behind; his assailant unloaded 15 bullets, according to authorities. A suspect is charged with capital murder. Fox Lake Il., Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death Sept. 1. Gliniewicz, a 30-year police veteran who was planning to retire this month, contacted dispatchers about three suspicious men he was pursuing and requested a second unit. Dispatchers soon lost contact with him, and backup officers found Gliniewicz about 50 yards from his squad car with a gunshot wound. He died soon after.