Police Officer Shot in the Neck During Traffic Stop in St. Louis Suburb
A police officer was reportedly shot in the neck during a traffic stop in Ballwin, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on Friday, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The suspect reportedly fled on foot and was "apprehended a short time later" with a weapon, reported local Fox affiliate KTVI. The condition of the officer was not immediately clear.
The violence comes in the midst of a particularly bloody week. On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, then on Wednesday, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. On Thursday evening, a non-violent protest against police brutality in Dallas was interrupted by gunfire that left five officers dead and seven more wounded, and wounded two civilians.
This latest violent incident happened just outside of St. Louis, not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where the 2014 police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown ignited protests against police violence.