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Police in Texas Arrest Suspect Who Killed Veteran Cop

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Faith Reyna leaves flowers at a make-shift memorial for slain San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, Nov. 21, 2016. Marconi was fatally shot during a traffic stop near police headquarters Nov. 20, 2016.

Faith Reyna leaves flowers at a make-shift memorial for slain San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, Nov. 21, 2016. Marconi was fatally shot during a traffic stop near police headquarters Nov. 20, 2016.

Texas police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a veteran Texas policeman, one of four officers shot in the line of duty Sunday in multiple states.

Police say the 31-year-old suspect, Otis McKane, was arrested without incident Monday evening following an extensive manhunt. They say they do not yet know the motive for the shooting.

The San Antonio detective was killed as he sat in his police car during a routine traffic stop outside the city's police headquarters.

Officials say the gunman pulled his car behind the policeman, walked up to the squad car, and shot the officer in the head through the car window. They say the gunman had briefly entered police headquarters earlier in the day to ask a question of the clerk.

Two shootings in Missouri

Also Sunday, there were shootings against police officers in Missouri and Florida, resulting in injuries.

This photo from a surveillance video provided by the San Antonio Police Department shows the suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer walking into San Antonio police headquarters about four hours before the killing, Nov. 20, 2016.

This photo from a surveillance video provided by the San Antonio Police Department shows the suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer walking into San Antonio police headquarters about four hours before the killing, Nov. 20, 2016.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement Monday that the shootings are "reprehensible acts" that "cannot be tolerated."

She said recent statistics show that 2016 has been an especially dangerous year for police officers with a significant increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty. "As Attorney General, I regard this increase with the utmost seriousness and the Department of Justice is working closely with our partners in the field to improve officer safety and resilience," she said.

In Missouri on Sunday, a 46-year-old St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face as he sat in his police car at an intersection. Officials say he is expected to survive and was able to speak after the attack. The suspect was killed later in a shootout.

Also in Missouri, a police officer in Kansas City was shot and wounded during a struggle with an armed suspect after a traffic stop. The suspect was killed in the incident.

Wounded officer treated, released

In Florida, a fourth police officer was shot, this time in the shoulder, during a traffic stop. Officials say the officer has been treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. The suspect was apprehended at his home.

Following the spate of shootings, police in Dallas urged police officers to work in pairs. Police in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, have instituted a mandatory two-officers-per-call policy, including on traffic stops.

The shootings Sunday come less than five months after deadly shootings against the police in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Five Dallas police officers were killed in July when a black military veteran killed the officers to protest recent police shootings of minorities. Days later, a gunmen killed three police officers in Baton Rouge.

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