Here we go again with another targeted assassination attempt of a police officer in a squad car, this time in St. Louis.
A St. Louis police sergeant was rushed to a hospital Sunday evening after being shot twice in the face.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer was in critical but stable condition. He was talking to investigators and was expected to survive.
KTVI reported that the shooting occurred in south St. Louis at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time.
The officer was sitting in his car at an intersection with the windows rolled up when a silver vehicle pulled up. Someone inside the car opened fire at least twice. Bullets broke through the glass and struck the officer.
Dotson said the officer was not responding to a call and was targeted because he was sitting in a marked police vehicle.
“He didn’t have any chance to react to this threat,” the chief said of the injured officer.
The officer was not immediately identified, but St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told reporters that he was married and had three children.
Suspect drove alongside officer's marked police vehicle & fired shots into the vehicle, striking the officer. Suspect fled and is at large.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) November 21, 2016
Mayor Francis Slay: @SLMPD officer was "targeted" because of his uniform.
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) November 21, 2016
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) November 21, 2016
Fortunately, the attempted assassin in St. Louis was less bold and committed than the murderer of a detective in San Antonio, Texas this morning, who successfully murdered an officer right outside of the SAPD headquarters. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus immediately drew parallels between the ambush murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge to the slaying of Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, strongly implying that his murder was likely tied to rabid anti-police sentiment among followers of the domestic terrorist group Black Lives Matter.
The murderer in San Antonio and attempted murder in St. Louis remain free at this time.