A manhunt is underway in Orlando after a police officer was gunned down by a murder suspect outside of a Walmart this morning. Police and witnesses say that the slain officer was attempting to stop the man, who was wearing a security uniform, when he opened fire on her and ran, continuing to shoot behind himself as he fled from the scene. Police later identified the suspect and said he is also wanted for the killing of a pregnant woman.
Following the murder of the Orlando officer, authorities across the county raced to find the suspect. During the ensuing manhunt, another officer was killed as the result of a traffic accident. According to CNN, a sheriff’s deputy struck a motorist when they pulled out in front of his motorcycle. Witnesses say that the deputy had a green light and was not traveling at a high rate of speed. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that several law enforcement officers have been injured during the manhunt and that the suspect is armed and dangerous. Over a dozen nearby schools were placed on lock down as the suspect remains at large.
Gun Violence Against Officers
According to Steve Groeninger of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, this shooting marks the first firearm-related fatality of a law enforcement officer in the US in 2017. Groeninger also said that 136 law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016, including 65 from firearms.
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