SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer was fatally shot Sunday while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters, authorities said.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the suspect is not known and has not yet been apprehended. A motive is not known.
“This is everyone’s worst nightmare,” he said.
The officer, a 20-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The shooting came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas who were working a protest about the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
Ten days after the Dallas attack, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with two rifles and a pistol killed three officers near a gas station and convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And earlier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area police officers were fatally shot in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars.
“It’s always difficult, especially in this this day and age, when police are being targeted across the country,” McManus said.
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