Police: Officers targeted in Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri in aftermath of police killings of black men

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BRISTOL, Tennessee — Before the mass shooting of police officers and civilians in Dallas Thursday night, July 7th — another threat to police played out that morning in Bristol, Tennessee, near the Virginia border, killing one woman and wounding three others, including a police officer. Officers were also targeted in Georgia and Missouri Friday in the aftermath of two high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement.

A suspect, armed with two guns and a large amount of ammunition, began firing shots at motorists and at a Days Inn hotel along Volunteer Parkway Thursday morning, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The TBI has identified the gunman as 37-year-old Lakeem Keon Scott.

A law enforcement official told CNN that when police pulled up, Scott managed to move to a position behind the officers and began firing at them, striking one of them.

The TBI says the preliminary investigation reveals Scott may have targeted individuals and officers after being troubled by recent incidents involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country. Investigators spoke to Scott Friday morning in the hospital.

According to the police report of the incident, witnesses heard a gunman yelling, “Police suck! Black lives matter!” around 2 a.m. ET, as he opened fire, the law enforcement official said. Police say the gunman killed one woman (a female newspaper carrier) and wounded three others, including the police officer.

Scott was also wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police. He was transported to the hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition, according to the TBI.

The officer who was shot was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The law enforcement official told CNN Scott was found with two firearms, a .45 caliber pistol and an AR-15 rifle. A third firearm, a Mossberg shotgun, was found at his home. The official says investigators also found Black Lives Matter materials in his home.

Police believe he was trying to draw cops in for a confrontation, according to the official.

Also Thursday, the New Orleans division of the FBI notified local police departments of social media postings with threats to law enforcement in the state and concerns regarding the safety of the general public following the shooting by police in Baton Rouge.

Among the posts, one said, “Rule 1 Must kill every Police!!!! Copy and paste so no one in your family be purge.”

Col. Mike Edmondson, the superintendent of Louisiana State Police, told CNN’s Nick Valencia that authorities learned of the post Thursday and did not believe at the time there was any real threat.

“I have been following up on it. Nothing to it at this point,” Edmondson said, adding, “We are prepared, though.”

 The attack in Tennessee occurred hours before the killing of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the attacker told authorities that he was frustrated by the recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Police have not disclosed a motive in Friday’s attacks in Georgia and Missouri, which have been described as ambushes.

An officer in Valdosta, Georgia is recovering after being ambushed while responding to a report of a break-in.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Officer Randall Hancock went to an apartment complex Friday morning to investigate a possible vehicle break-in.

When he got there, authorities say he was fired upon by 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck, who reported his car had been broken into.

Hancock was struck once in the abdomen, and at least twice in his bulletproof vest.

Hancock returned fire — striking back.

Both men were taken to area hospitals. Hancock was listed in stable condition. Beck was listed in serious condition.

Authorities are investigating the motive for the shooting but said they hadn’t found a connection to Thursday’s ambush in Dallas.

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office says the officer who was critically wounded during a traffic stop in Missouri is white.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch on Friday charged 31-year-old Antonio Taylor with three felonies, including assault and weapons charges. He concurred with the police assessment that the shooting was an ambush.

Authorities say the shooting happened earlier Friday after Ballwin officer, who has not been identified, stopped Taylor, who is black, for speeding.

Police say the officer was walking back to his police car to check Taylor’s driving status when Taylor ran up behind the officer and fired three times, hitting the officer at least once.

Police say they don’t yet have a possible motive in the shooting.

The officer remained hospitalized Friday night.

12 comments

    • Emma.green@aol.com

      Dear Hateful Ones,
      Your education system failed you greatly if you think the Black Panthers were some threat to society. Those brave men and women saw the injustice toward the black community and decided to protect and serve us. Now, the true thugs are the KKK in hoods and the KKK in blue. Additionally, Obama did not start this “war on police” or “race wars.” This was a long time coming, again, read the history of the USA. Educate and edify. Don’t just spew the same washed up, lie-ridden narrative about the history of Americans who are black.

      • Z

        How about you don’t spew your garbage liberal rhetoric! Wake up dummy. If you support BLM, you support a group of racist domestic terrorists.

        Go do some actual research. Far more whites are killed by LEO’s every year. The stats are on the CDC website. So take your self-righteous BS and and go shove it up Obeezy’s hate-mongering ass.
        If you really think black lives matter then go do something about the couple hundred plus that were killed in Chicago….by other blacks! Oh wait, thats right, you morons seem to be blind to black on black violence.

      • sparkles

        Whether you are in the Black Panthers or the KKK, This does not make anything better. Stop the hatred and start uniting as people. GOOD PEOPLE vs BAD PEOPLE. No matter what race, If we have this the world would be a better place for every one. Just saying

  • sick of it all

    What a great way to prevent the police from shooting out of fear for their lives. Let’s actually shoot them. That will calm their nerves. Think people.

  • cannibal

    With stuff like this goin on..no wonder i roll with an ak in my trunk. Between the terrorists and the terrorists.

    • Z

      If you actually do “roll” with an AK in your trunk, which you definitely don’t, because anyone who actually has a truck gun knows that it does no good in the trunk where you can’t access it quickly.

      So your either a liar or stupid.

      • Z

        My apologies good sir.

        May I recommend a side-folder or under-folder so it doesn’t have to live in the trunk? Not speaking from experience of course…because if a lib reads this, they’ll wet their pants and then call the racist police that they hate so much.

      • cannibal

        Its an underfolder..and i have fold down rear seats..so access isnt too bad. By the terrorists and terrorists..i mean blm and jihadis of course. This whole situation lately has me concerned.

  • Z

    Congratulations Obama. You’re war on the police is looking to be a success.

    History will remember this guy as the worst president in America’s history.

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