Another Officer Shot As Attacks On Law Enforcement Continue

A police officer in Hoover, Alabama, was shot multiple times in broad daylight Sunday just before noon by a suspect who allegedly fired at a vehicle on the interstate. It was just the latest in a string of violent incidents in which law enforcement officers have been attacked.

Authorities were called after shots rang out at around 11:30 a.m. local time and a motorist reported several were fired into his vehicle. There were no injuries in that shooting. Police responded and were able to find the alleged shooter. Officers at that point followed him to an apartment complex.

Shots were exchanged there between the suspect and a pair of officers. One officer was struck twice, though there are conflicting reports that he was shot in both arms and in one arm and his bulletproof vest.

Residents said they heard roughly eight or nine bullets fired.

The wounded officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The suspect retreated to an apartment building where he holed up for several hours. Hoover Police Lt. Daniel Lowe said police then tried to negotiate with the suspect, who was wounded in one arm.

They reported that at 3:41 p.m., the suspect voluntarily exited the apartment and was taken into custody. He was then arrested and transported to a hospital for treatment of what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.

This year has been one of the deadliest on record for U.S. police officers. Organizations that track violence directed at law enforcement report that at least 56 officers have been fatally shot so far in 2022.

That number is 14% higher than at this point last year and a staggering 45% ahead of the pace set in 2020. The Alabama incident fortunately did not result in a fatality, but the U.S. is on track for its most since 67 officers were killed in 2016.

Some cite a lack of community support for the surge in violence against police. What is clear is that criminals do not fear the consequences of attacking law enforcement, a situation that must change.