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 in the neck three times and fled, sources said.
The Ballwin officer was rushed to a local hospital in an unknown condition.
The suspect was caught shortly after the attack following a foot chase, police sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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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.