Amid Dallas violence, several other police officers shot around the country

Jeff Roorda business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association and chronic sufferer of foot-in-mouth disease

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In Ballwin, Missouri a police officer is in critical condition after he was shot in the neck during a traffic stop late Friday morning. An officer in Valdosta, Georgia was injured in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect.

The officer was in surgery, but is expected to recover.

He was hit twice in his protective vest and once beneath the vest in his abdomen.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports the male officer had stopped a vehicle for speeding on northbound New Ballwin Road and as the officer went back to his auto, the driver got out, "advanced quickly" and fired three shots at the officer.

The department also said in a statement Friday that detectives have interviewed more than 200 members of law enforcement and that "it appears at least 12 officers" fired their weapons when someone opened fired on police Thursday night.

A man accused of shooting indiscriminately at passing cars and police on a Tennessee highway on Thursday morning told investigators he was angry about police violence against African-Americans.

"The officer called out on the radio screaming for assistance", Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said at a news conference.

Police say officers have also been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri in the aftermath of two high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement.

In a fourth attack early Friday, a motorist fired at a police vehicle as the officer drove by.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told KMOV-TV the officer took "a hard hit" and is recovering in a hospital. Childress declined to comment on any possible motives of the shooting.

Hancock and Beck were taken to a local hospital. One woman died, and three others, including a police officer, were injured. The perpetrator, Lakeem Keon Scott, committed this crime over his frustration over police-related shootings. All of his victims were white. It happened during a demonstration to protest the recent killings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Following the shootings, the police chief emphasized that the suspect acted alone, and was not affiliated with Black Lives Matter or any other organization. "We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us".

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