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Unprovoked Attacks on Police in Calif., Fla., N.C.

Following the murder of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn on December 20, police departments across the country are reporting attacks on law enforcement.

In California:

A Los Angeles Police Department patrol car was fired on in an “unprovoked attack” Sunday night that put police officers around the city on tactical alert.

The shooting took place late Sunday in a neighborhood in South Los Angeles as two officers were responding to an unrelated radio call. . . .

LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza told KTLA-TV that several rounds were fired at the patrol car.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack,” she said.

In North Carolina:

A Durham police officer dove for cover Thursday night after a man walked up and began shooting at him, police said Friday.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. on Lakeland Street, just north of Truman Street. Police said Officer J.T. West was sitting in his patrol car, working on a report, when he saw two men approaching his car from behind. . . .

Police said West and the men, who ran from the scene, never exchanged words.

And in Florida:

Three gunshots were fired at two deputies early Sunday while they were monitoring traffic at an intersection, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

Neither deputy was hit and no one at the scene was injured, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The two deputies Sunday were in separate cars in the parking lot of Northside Baptist Church watching traffic at the nearby intersection of 21st and Lock streets at about 3:30 a.m.

One of the deputies who was shot at reportedly heard a “whizzing sound” of bullets flying by his car. . . .

On Dec. 26, Pasco deputies found graffiti in Meadow Pointe that said “Shoot MP cop” — MP meaning Meadow Pointe [neighborhood in Wesley Chapel, Fla., a town in Pasco County].

Whether any of the attacks were motivated by the murders in Brooklyn is not yet known.


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