1 Missouri officer dead, 1 critically injured in separate “targeted attacks”

(CBS 5 Arizona)
(CBS 5 Arizona)

ST. LOUIS, Mo (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of police officers in Missouri (all times local):

8:10 a.m.

A man wanted in several violent crimes and suspected of critically wounding a St. Louis police sergeant is dead after a shootout with officers.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the 46-year-old officer was alone in his police SUV around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when the suspect pulled alongside and fired at least two shots unprovoked. The officer was struck twice in the face but is expected to survive.

Dotson says police tracked down the suspect, believed to be a white man in his late teens, early Monday in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. As police converged, officers say he shot through the windshield of another police car, missing both occupants, then fired at other officers.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect, who was about 19.

The suspect’s name has not been released. Dotson says he was wanted for questioning for a series of crimes that included robberies, a carjacking and perhaps a killing.

Police believe the man shot the officer because he feared being recognized.

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3:55 a.m.

Two police officers have been shot in separate incidents in what authorities are calling “targeted attacks”. One died while the other was shot twice in the face but was expected to survive.

Authorities say a San Antonio detective writing out a traffic ticket to a motorist was shot to death in his squad car late Sunday morning outside police headquarters by another driver who pulled up from behind.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus identifies the officer as 50-year-old Benjamin Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the force.

In St. Louis, a police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot twice in the face Sunday night in what the police chief called an “ambush.” Police reported early Monday that the suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.

 

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