9 officers injured in Phoenix shooting, 1 woman dead l WNT
Four different shooting incidents throughout the country have led to 12 police officers’ injuries in the line of duty, with two deaths due to severe wounds. Shootings took place in New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland, and Pennsylvania within a 24-hour period. Some are calling this a “war on cops”, stating the anti-police rhetoric that has come forward after protests against police brutality as the reason for such incidents. Meanwhile, others argue hundreds of civilians are killed by gun violence in shootings every day.
Police responded to a domestic dispute involving a woman being shot in the 51st Avenue and Elwood Street area in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday morning. The suspect allegedly opened fire on the officers after inviting them in, injuring 9, resulting in the death of two.
Later on, the same day on February 11, while responding to a call about suspicious activity, two police officers were wounded in a shooting in Frederick, Maryland. This time the suspect was also shot, then later transferred to a hospital. Around the same time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a SWAT officer while serving a drug warrant in an apartment building, was shot on the bulletproof vest.
“(1/3) SWAT OFFICER SHOT: @PhillyPolice say they were serving drug warrant on 3rd floor of bldg at 2nd & Lehigh when a man shot through the wall, hitting lead SWAT officer once in his bulletproof vest. Officer is OK, was released from hospital @FOX29philly” wrote a FOX29 reporter in a Twitter thread.
Lastly, an officer from the New Mexico State Police was shot and injured while pursuing a vehicle that struck his police car. The NM State Police Twitter account left an update about the shooting online saying, “UPDATE: NMSP Officer shot during a pursuit on State Road 333 near Sedillo Hill. This update asks for the public’s help in identifying the female suspect who was involved in an officer-involved shooting. #PressReleaseNMSP”
“This is what we call the war on cops. [W]e are constantly attacked, and we are either attacked doing very simple things — traffic stop, responding to a 911 call, a domestic. All of that,” a former cop who works in training and as the spokeswoman for the National Police Association, Betsy Brantner Smith said regarding the back-to-back shootings. The pro-police side of the people involved here believe the recent increase in motions for bail reform and policies to focus on restorative justice has led to this spike, ignoring the overall gun violence in the country, which has been affecting the average American for years now. Leaders and those in superior positions within the police department believe these reforms and movements are sending a signal to criminals, telling them they can commit crimes with impunity.