(NBC News) Four police officers were shot in three states during a 24 four hour period over the weekend.
Authorities say in at least two of the shootings the police officers were targeted.
One of those officers, a San Antonio police detective was killed.
The victim, 50 year old detective Benjamin Marconi, was ambushed while sitting in his squad car writing a routine traffic ticket just yards from police headquarters. Police say the gunman pulled up behind Marconi, got out and shot him.
“I think the uniform was the target and the first person who happened along was the first person he targeted,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
Police are searching for a man who was seen briefly entering police headquarters Sunday morning several hours before the shooting. It is still unclear why he was there.
In St. Louis an officer was treated and released after being shot twice in the face by a gunman who pulled alongside the officer’s car and opened fire. Police are calling it an ambush. The suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.
Two other officers were shot during traffic stops in Sanibel, Florida and outside Kansas City. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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