Six law enforcement officers shot in major US cities in less than 48 hours as violent crime keeps surging

Two police officers were shot Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis; a Milwaukee sheriff’s deputy was shot several times during a traffic stop Wednesday evening; and, three more police officers were shot in Houston on Thursday, in separate instances, authorities said.

One St. Louis police officer was in “very critical, very unstable” condition after he was shot in the leg and another officer was shot in the abdomen around 1 p.m during a traffic stop, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden said during a press conference on Wednesday. 

“I am asking the public to pray for our officers. This is a rough time,” Hayden said. “They’re doing everything they can to keep people safe, and we keep having these critical incidents.”

TWO ST. LOUIS POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, WOUNDED PURSUING VEHICLE IN FERGUSON: AUTHORITIES

The officer who was critically injured had been serving in the force for three-and-a-half years while the other officer has been on two-and-a-half years, according to the chief. Both are in their mid-20s. 

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, police investigate the scene where several Houston Police officers were shot in Houston.  (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, police investigate the scene where several Houston Police officers were shot in Houston.  (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

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