As tensions between protesters and police simmer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, reports of violent clashes involving law enforcement officers have been consistent in the news.
According to Fox News, a sheriff’s deputy in California was shot in the head near a police station on Wednesday in what might have been an ambush attack.
“He intended for officers to come out”
A group of three officers were outside of the Paso Robles station at about 3:45 a.m. when shots rang out by a suspect believed to have been lying in wait nearby. After one officer was struck by a bullet, another was able to return fire and drag the injured man to a safer location, Fox reported.
An agency spokesperson said the suspect remained at large. As for the deputy, the most recent update listed him in serious condition and the bullet was reportedly still lodged in his head.
“We feel that this was an ambush, that he planned it, that he intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them,” the spokesperson told Fox.
Reports show another shooting victim was located just a few blocks away from the police station. The department said a search for the gunman remained underway, and released an image of a man they listed as a suspect.
This is our suspect from the active shooter. If you see him or have info, call 9-1-1 or 805-237-6464 pic.twitter.com/S2xFZFnCkm
— Paso Robles Police (@PasoRoblesPD) June 10, 2020
“What did you expect?”
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) responded to the shooting with a tweet aimed at those protesters either implicitly or explicitly endorsing violence against police.
“What did you expect to happen after violent leftist rioters carried signs claiming ‘the only good cop is a dead cop’???” he wrote.
Meanwhile, authorities in Gwinnett County, Georgia, believe a group of protesters tracked a pair of law enforcement officers to their homes and attempted to set their police cruisers on fire with Molotov cocktails, according to WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta.
Such anecdotes continue to surface in the ongoing coverage of demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice.
Unfortunately, at least a few violent criminals are using these protests as a cover to carry out their own vile fantasies about those men and women tasked with maintaining law and order on American streets.