HOUSTON — It was a bloody weekend for the folks who wear blue.
One is dead and three others were injured in a three-state weekend ambush, leaving officers across the country feeling like they have a target on their back.
"Most families will be celebrating the holidays,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. “The SAPD will be burying one of its own."
San Antonio police released an image of a so-called person of interest in the assassination of Benjamin Marconi, 50, in his squad car right outside SAPD headquarters. He was writing a traffic ticket The department has also released a picture of the suspect's car.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico Lahood said the killer will face capital murder charges.
“Make no mistake about it, this is pure evil when you execute an individual in cold blood." Lahood said.
There's a $25,000 reward for info leading to the killer's capture.
In St. Louis, a car pulled alongside a sergeant's marked unit and opened fire.
"The officer said he saw the muzzle flashes and felt the glass breaking in his window as the shots came through and struck him in the head,” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
Amazingly, he's expected to survive two bullets to the face. The suspect was killed after a shoot-out with police.
Another Missouri officer was shot in Gladstone, near Kansas City. He’s expected to survive, too.
In Florida, a fourth cop was ambushed. Police believe they have the guy responsible in custody. This officer was making a routine traffic stop when he took a bullet to his shoulder during a drive-by.
"Obviously I was very concerned this type of activity occurred Sanibel. Very unusual,” Ret. Chief Bill Tomilson of the Sanibel Police Department said.
The Flroida officer was treated and released.
Houston police have a buddy system.
The Houston Police Department's official response to the weekend violence against the police is:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the law enforcement agencies and the families of the officers who have been either killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty this past weekend. HPD continues to stress to its officers the need to constantly remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. All HPD officers receive training, both as cadets and in subsequent refresher courses, emphasizing threat assessment and situational awareness. Currently, officers who wish to patrol with a partner may do so at the discretion of their commander.”
Authorities in Texas, Missouri and Florida don't think any of these hits are related. But it makes you wonder while police are protecting the community, who's protecting the police?