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Police Officers Ambushed, Attacked In Several States

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People take part in a prayer vigil at Thanksgiving Square, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting during what began as a peaceful protest in the city the night before.    (Eric Gay)

Police say officers have been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri in the aftermath of two high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement, the AP reports. Details:

  • The attack in Tennessee, which left a civilian dead and three others, including one police officer, injured, occurred hours before the killing of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the attacker told authorities that he was frustrated by the recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
  • A suburban St. Louis police chief says a motorist shot an officer three times as the officer walked back to his car during a traffic stop in Missouri Friday. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott says the attack happened around 11am and was captured on video. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the suspect, who is in his 30s, “ambushed” the officer, who is in critical but stable condition. His identity wasn’t released.
  • A man who called 911 to report a car break-in Friday ambushed a south Georgia police officer dispatched to the scene, sparking a shootout in which both the officer and suspect were wounded, authorities said. Both are expected to survive. Officer Randall Hancock was shot multiple times as he responded to a 911 call about a car break-in outside the Three Oaks Apartments just after 8am Friday, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said at a news conference. The suspected gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck, reportedly an Asian male. Police haven’t speculated on a motive.
  • In a fourth attack early Friday, a motorist fired at a police car as the officer drove by. The shooting happened in Roswell, a city just north of Atlanta. Victor Alonzo Majia Nunez, 21, was being questioned by detectives Friday. Police have not released a motive. The suspect fired multiple shots, but none hit Officer Brian McKenzie or his patrol car.

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    Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, second from right, makes an emotional plea to end the violence that has led to the slayings of police officers in Dallas last night and the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week, Friday, July 8, 2016, during a news conference on…   (J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Police and others gather at the emergency entrance to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where several police officers were taken after shootings Thursday, July 7, 2016..    (Emily Schmall)

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    John Fife hands a police officer guarding Jack Evans Police Headquarters a rose in Dallas on Friday July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.    (Nathan Hunsinger)

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    Dallas police respond after shots were fired during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers during protests; several officers were killed, police said.    (Maria R. Olivas)

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    This undated photo posted on Facebook on April 30, 2016, shows Army veteran Micah Johnson, who was a suspect in the sniper slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas Thursday night, July 7, 2016, during a protest over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.

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    Dallas police respond after shots were fired during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers during protests; several officers were killed, police said.    (Maria R. Olivas)

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    Rev. Jeff Hood and other organizers of Thursday’s protest hold a news conference, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting during what began as a peaceful protest in the city the night before.    (Eric Gay)

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    An investigator points to El Centro College while working the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.    (LM Otero)

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    In this still image from video provided by NBC DFW, police officers salute their fallen peers outside Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where several officers were transported after shootings at a protest late Thursday, July 7, 2016.

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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks about recent shootings, Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Justice Department Washington. Lynch called for peace and calm in the wake of the attack on police officers in Dallas, saying that violence is never the answer.    (Carolyn Kaster)

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    Civil right leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., wipes his eye as he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus condemn the slayings of police officers in Dallas last night and denounce the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week, Friday, July 8, 2016, during…   (J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Investigators leave the home of Micah Xavier Johnson in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, Friday, July 8, 2016. A Texas law enforcement official identified Johnson, 25, as the sniper who opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings…   (LM Otero)

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    FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former Illinois congressman and radio host is standing by a Twitter post he sent after the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.   (Carolyn Kaster)

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    Investigators walk the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men.    (LM Otero)

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    Rev. Jeff Hood, who helped organize Thursday’s protest holds a news conference, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas. Five police officers are dead and several injured following a shooting during what began as a peaceful protest in the city the night before.    (Eric Gay)

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    A Missouri police officer wears a black ribbon over his badge to mourn the deaths of the Dallas officers.   (Huy Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

All the officers are expected to survive. (Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, a police officer is being investigated for allegedly punching and dragging a woman.

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