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Police Targeted Across America after Killing of 2 African-Americans

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A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, July 8, 2016.

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, July 8, 2016.

A rash of police shootings Thursday and Friday have left one person dead and multiple others wounded in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.

None of the incidents reached the scale of the shootings in Dallas, Texas, where at least one sniper killed 5 police officers and wounded approximately 10 — the deadliest attack on officers since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

But they all come in the wake of the killing of two African-Americans by police in separate incidents earlier this week.

Authorities in Bristol, Tennessee, said Thursday that a man opened fire on a highway because he was "troubled" by the shootings involving black people. The man killed one person and wounded three others, including a patrol officer. Investigators said the suspect is being treated at the hospital, and no charges have been filled yet.

Reports say a law enforcement official in Valdosta, Georgia, is out of surgery after he was shot multiple times. One of these shots hit the police officer in the abdomen, below his bulletproof vest.

"He is out of surgery now. His family is the hospital. And I’m happy to report he's going to be fine. He's in stable condition, but he's in the ICU as a precaution," Valdosta Police chief Brian Childress said.

A restaurant posts a sign of support following the multiple police shooting in Dallas, Texas, July 8, 2016.

A restaurant posts a sign of support following the multiple police shooting in Dallas, Texas, July 8, 2016.

In Roswell, Georgia, a gunman in a passing vehicle shot a patrol officer. According to police, the 21-year-old suspect opened fire but did not hit Officer Brian McKenzie. The officer chased the suspect, who was driving a blue Ford Explorer. The man was arrested and taken into custody.

"Mackenzie jumped right into action and did a great job chasing this guy down and catching him," Roswell Police Detective Zachary Frommer said.

Another officer was shot in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Local news outlets report the officer was wounded in the neck during a morning traffic stop.

Fox News reported the suspect was arrested after a foot pursuit, and a handgun was apprehended. The officer's condition is unknown.

In Selma, Alabama, a police officer was wounded when law enforcement exchanged fire and killed a man who shot his girlfriend after police arrived at the scene.

Officials in Dallas County, which surrounds Selma, said the suspect shot his girlfriend in front of her children Thursday night because "he felt like she came home too late."

The officer's injuries are not life-threatening, and the woman is expected to survive.

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