Once again, radical elements of society have targeted America’s police officers for horrific ambush attacks in a pair of incidents Sunday. A black male suspect shot and killed San Antonio police veteran Sunday at noontime as the officer worked a traffic stop near that city’s police headquarters. Later Sunday evening, an unknown suspect shot a St. Louis Metro police officer in the face at least twice. That officer is in the hospital in critical condition at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Also Sunday evening, a suspect tried to assassinate a Sanibel, FL police officer on a traffic stop. That suspect was apprehended not long after following a shootout with cops there.
SAN ANTONIO, via the San Antonio Express News:
At 11:45 a.m. Sunday, a San Antonio police officer was shot and killed while performing a routine traffic stop near police headquarters downtown, police Chief William McManus said.
McManus said the shooting occurred on the south side of SAPD headquarters, where an officer was issuing a traffic citation. As he did so, a black vehicle pulled up behind the officer’s unit.
The suspect got out of the car, walked up to the passenger window and fired one round into the patrol car, hitting the officer in the head, McManus said. He said the suspect reached in and fired again, hitting the officer a second time.
The suspect then drove off, McManus said during a news conference.
The officer was Det. Benjamin Marconi, and was pronounced dead at San Antonio Military Medical Center. The 50-year-old officer was a 20-year veteran of the force.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5′ 7″to 6-foot tall, wearing a gray shirt and black pants. According to police the suspect is driving a black midsize sedan.
According to chatter on police scanners, police were searching the area near headquarters and the surrounding buildings for the shooter, while homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses who were either near a VIA bus stop, or on a VIA bus near where the shooting occurred.
ST. LOUIS via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday night when a driver pulled up beside him near Hampton and Pernod avenues and opened fire.
“He was targeted because he was a police officer,” Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “He didn’t stop anybody. He didn’t point a gun at anybody. All of us as a community have to do what we can to help find this guy.”
Police said the sergeant, 46, had been shot twice and was conscious. He was in critical but stable condition and expected to live. He is a 20-year veteran of the department.
…When police arrived at the shooting scene in St. Louis, the sergeant was sitting in his SUV, his seatbelt was fastened and his gun was holstered.
“He didn’t have time to react to this threat,” Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
A source told the Post-Dispatch that the sergeant said a car had pulled up beside his SUV and the officer thought the driver was going to ask him a question. Instead, the person in the car fired at the officer.
The sergeant did not get a good look at the shooter, the source said.
“The officer says he saw the muzzle flashes and felt the glass breaking in his window as the shots came through and struck him in the head,” Dotson said.
SANIBEL, FL via NBC – 2:
Sanibel Police officials say the suspect who shot a police officer on the island Sunday evening is in custody.
The suspect was taken into custody in the Dunes neighborhood after exchanging gunfire with officers from the Sanibel Police Department.
According to police, an officer was shot and injured during a drive-by while conducting a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Sources identified the officer as Jarred Ciccone.
The suspect fled the scene and was located in the 1400 block of Sandcastle Road.
The Sanibel Police attack took place in the same county where a concealed carry licensee shot and killed a man attacking a deputy about a week ago.