Sunday night's shooting of a police officer in St. Louis makes at least nine incidents, since July, where a local officer was either killed, paralyzed, or injured by a suspect firing a gun.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined St. Metro Police Chief Sam Dotson at Barnes Jewish Hospital to condemn this violence against officers while urging everyone to support our men and women in blue.
"He was just doing his job," Mayor Slay said of the officer shot at Hampton and Pernod on Sunday night. "He didn't pull anybody over, he didn't stop anybody. He didn't point a gun at anyone. He was targeted because he was a police officer. This tells you how dangerous a job this is and how we all need to appreciate our officers. We have to understand the difficulties that they go through."
Some of the recent, high-profile cases where local police officers suffered gun shot wounds:
A security guard at the MetroLink Station in Wellston suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder on Thursday afternoon. That officer was injured while checking for tickets, police say. The suspect in that case was also shot by responding officers and is hospitalized.
In July, Ballwin Police Officer Michael Flamion was paralyzed after a suspect shot Flamion in the neck during a traffic stop in broad daylight on New Ballwin Road.
And on October 6, St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder died after a shooting with an armed suspect in South St. Louis County.
This happens to be the week when thousands in our area support our first responders, and their families.
'Guns n Hoses' is Wednesday night at Scottrade Center. It's the 30th annual boxing event between local police and firefighters to raise money for the families of fallen first responders.
Click here to buy tickets by looking for 'Guns 'n Hoses'.