The San Francisco Police Department was on high alert Monday after what amounted to a violent weekend for law enforcement when four officers were shot in three states Sunday.
“These incidents happened when the officers were caught off guard, just going about their business,” San Francisco police spokesperson Officer Carlos Manfredi said. “They were basically attacked from surprise by behind.”
In the first case, a San Antonio police officer was fatally shot as he sat in his patrol car late Sunday morning, according to news reports.
Then, a St. Louis police sergeant was shot twice in the face Sunday night and was hospitalized in critical condition, news reports stated.
Also Sunday, an officer in Sanibel, Fla., was shot and injured while sitting in his patrol car, according to news reports.
Finally, an officer in Gladstone, Mo., was injured Sunday during a struggle with a man in his late teens who had fled during a traffic stop, news reports stated.
“It’s just one of those things where it’s really hard to predict,” Manfredi said. “You’ve got to keep your eyes on a swivel and look for anything out of the ordinary.”
San Francisco officers typically patrol in pairs, but the department will ensure officers are not riding alone in the immediate aftermath of the shootings, Manfredi said.
The public is also asked to remain on the lookout for anything suspicious, and to make note of license plates or suspect descriptions if a crime is witnessed.