Missouri cop shot during traffic stop after turning back to suspect. It comes a day after Dallas police attack.
A St. Louis-area cop was shot during a traffic stop Friday — just a day after five Dallas police officers were killed while protecting an anti-police brutality protest.
The cop was walking back to his patrol car after ticketing a driver for speeding in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, KSDK reported. The driver got out of his pulled-over car, shot the officer at least once in the neck and fled, sources said.
The Ballwin officer was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, police sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The suspect was caught shortly after the attack following a foot chase, officials said.
Neither the gunman nor the cop has been identified, and police have not detailed a motive in the shooting.
No other details were immediately available.
The St. Louis County Police Department said detectives recovered the weapon and are continuing to investigate the shooting.
Ballwin is about 20 miles from Ferguson, where the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in 2014 set off waves of protests, largely organized by activist group Black Lives Matter.
Late Thursday, five Dallas police officers were killed and seven more were wounded when a gunman opened fire during a Thursday night protest demanding justice for two black men killed by police this week.
Man believed to wounded police officer just arrived via ambulance to Mercy Hospital. Taken on stretcher into ER. pic.twitter.com/y446dTrO3n
— Mike Colombo (@Mike_Colombo) July 8, 2016
The Texas shooter — identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson — was killed by a police robot bomb after an hours-long standoff with cops.
During the tense negotiations, Johnson allegedly told police he “wanted to kill white people, especially white cops,” officials said. He said he was not affiliated with any group, including Black Lives Matter, but said he was furious over the recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisana.