A San Antonio police officer was fatally shot and another in St. Louis was shot in the face but is expected to survive, in what authorities are calling the latest in a series of target attacks on law enforcement, the Associated Press reports. The San Antonio detective, Benjamin Marconi, was writing a traffic ticket when he was shot to death in his squad car yesterday morning outside police headquarters by another driver who pulled up from behind. Marconi, 50, was a 20-year veteran of the force. Police Chief William McManus doesn’t believe the suspect has any relationship to the original motorist who was pulled over, and he said no motive has been identified.
The St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot twice as he sat in traffic in a marked police vehicle last night. “This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his car and shot out the police officer’s window,” said Police Chief Sam Dotson. Two police officers were also shot in other cities last night, but it wasn’t clear whether the incidents were targeted attacks. An officer with the Gladstone, Mo., police department near Kansas City was shot, while the suspect was shot and killed. A Sanibel, Fl., officer was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop, and was treated for his injuries and released. The attacks came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas. It was the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.