Texas, Missouri, Florida officers shot in attacks; 1 killed

ERIC GAY						Credit AP				Faith Reyna leaves flowers Monday at a makeshift memorial for slain San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi

The weekend shootings of police officers in San Antonio, St. Louis and two other cities are prompting some police departments to have their officers work in pairs until further notice.

Sunday's fatal shooting in San Antonio came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas who were working a protest about the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

McKane, 31, was arrested just hours after his marriage on suspicion of killing Marconi. In St. Louis, Missouri, a police sergeant was shot twice in the face Sunday evening while he sat in traffic in a marked police vehicle.

Authorities released surveillance video Monday showing the suspect standing outside the building and then walking in.

Police are investigating motive in this case, including a possible connection to a shooting Sunday morning in Dallas involving an officer, McManus said.

The San Antonio detective as well as officers in Missouri and Florida were conducting routine tasks Sunday when they become the targets of violence.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. while riding with a woman and a 2-year-old child in a vehicle on Interstate 10, Chief William McManus said.

"This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his auto and shot out the police officer's window", Police Chief Sam Dotson said during a news conference.

In a fourth incident, a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri, was shot and, wounded during a struggle with an armed suspect who tried to flee after a traffic stop, police said. The video showed a man seen inside police headquarters four hours before the shooting and a vehicle leaving the scene, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.

The shootings were the latest in what law enforcement officials say is an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks.

Authorities in San Antonio say the suspect in the killing of a veteran police detective appeared at police headquarters prior to the shooting.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch noted Monday that this has been "an especially unsafe year for police officers" and emphasized that the Justice Department is working closely with law enforcement agencies in the field to improve officer safety and resilience. All the shootings come less than five months after a black military veteran killed five white officers at a protest in Dallas - the deadliest day for American law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective has said he was angry about a child-custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it". However, a Washington Post survey this year found that blacks make up 13 percent of the USA population but account for 24 percent of police shootings. A Sanibel, Florida, officer was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop, and was treated for his injuries and released. The suspect asked a desk clerk a question but left before receiving an answer, said McManus, who declined to say what the man asked.

A man pulled up behind Marconi, exited his vehicle, approached Marconi's auto and shot him in the head, McManus said.

"This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his vehicle and shot out the police officer's window", Dotson said during a news conference.

"The fact that he has been taken into custody, that does not negate the fact that there are people out there who are still targeting police officers", he added. Officers also were shot and wounded Sunday night during traffic stops in Sanibel, Florida, and Gladstone, Missouri. Ten days later, a former Marine killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers. And earlier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area police officers were fatally shot in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars.

It was not immediately clear whether the injured officer was shot by the suspect or hit by friendly fire. He didn't elaborate. Police said the suspect's weapon was recovered from the scene. Jamie Stengle and Terry Wallace in Dallas and Tammy Webber in Chicago also contributed.

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