Friday, a day after five police officers were killed in Dallas, police have been targeted in various states around the country. Police officers have been shot in Missouri and Georgia and a civilian was killed in Tennessee while the gunman tried but failed to kill Tennessee police officers.
There have been many death threats called into police stations all over America as well. These events have been unfolding all day. The officer in Georgia was shot in the stomach and will recover. A a man in an apartment complex dialed a fake 911 call to lure the officer and shoot him. The officer in Ballwin, Missouri was shot three times in the neck at point blank range from behind after a traffic stop and in Tennessee a man was shooting from a highway and killed one person and injured others.
The status of victims:
- Ballwin, MO Police Officer (Unnamed): Still fighting for his life after being shot in the neck three times at point blank range from behind after a traffic stop. The officer was shot around 11 a.m. He pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for speeding. After talking to the suspect the officer walked back to his vehicle to process paperwork. Then the suspect exited his vehicle, moved quickly towards the officer and fired three gunshots, striking him in the neck.
- Valdosta, GA Police Officer Randal Hancock: Shot in stomach and will survive. A man called 911 then ambushed and shot the officer who came to investigate. The officer and the shooter were wounded in the gunfire. Both are expected to survive.
- Jennifer Rooney, TN, (Bristol Herald Courier newspaper carrier): She was shot and killed while driving in her vehicle on a highway.
- Deborah Watts, TN (Days Inn Employee): In serious, but stable, condition after being shot through a window while working at the Days Inn.
More information on Dallas shootings:
- The first officer victim is identified, U.S. Marine
- Second office victim is identified, U.S. Sailor
- The shooter wanted to kill white people according to the Dallas Police Chief
- Direct video of a gunman chasing down and executing a police officer
- See how Donald Trump responded to the Dallas shooting
- Congressional Black Caucus wants gun control in response to Dallas and barely acknowledged the death of 5 police officers
– UPDATES –
[UPDATE Saturday 4:150PM EST] The suspect in the Ballwin, MO shooting has been charged.
[UPDATE Friday 4:15PM EST]
[UPDATE 3:55PM EST] – First word about the Ballwin, MO police officer who was shot three times in the neck from behind at point blank range:
The Georgia officer was shot in the stomach and will recover.
A police officer was shot in neck three times outside of St. Louis in Ballwin, MO in what seems like a premeditated effort. The shooter is in custody following a foot chase through the upper-middle class neighborhood but no details are being released by police. Police have not ruled out being connected to the Dallas shootings. The officer is in critical condition and is at the hospital. Sources are saying it does not look good.
The police officer in Ballwin, MO was shot from behind in the neck and back during a traffic stop in Western St. Louis County on Friday. The officer was returning to his patrol car after issuing a citation when the suspect stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire on the officer.
The officer was struck in the neck three times and rushed to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. The officer was in critical critical condition and was transported to the scene. The suspect returned to his vehicle after the shooting. He was apprehended a short time later by police and remains in their custody.
In Georgia a police officer was shot in Valdosta, GA while responding to a damage to property call at an apartment complex on Friday morning. Authorities deemed this not connected to the Dallas shootings. The shootings come just hours after five officers were killed during a police ambush in Dallas Thursday night. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said there was no immediate evidence the shootings were related.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress identified the Georgia officer as Randal Hancock. Hancock engaged in a firefight with the shooter and was struck several times. One gunshot hit the Hancock in the abdomen, just below his protective vest. Other shots hit Hancock’s vest directly. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect.
Scott Dutton, spokesman for The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, issued the following statement on the shooting:
“We’re putting pieces together to understand what happened and why, developing witnesses, There’s nothing to indicate there’s a connection to that[Dallas shooting].”
The incident took place at Three Oaks Apartments, just north of the Georgia-Florida line, just after 8 a.m. Hancock underwent surgery at a local hospital and was stable Friday afternoon.
The suspect has not been named but has been identified as an Asian male. The suspect was also considered stable as of Friday afternoon after being taken to a hospital in Florida.
The police chief said Hancock was wearing a body camera and its video footage had been turned over to the GBI for the investigation. The shooters motive has yet to be determined.