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Attacks on police are part of a larger problem

(NewsNation) — Three police officers have been shot while on duty in the U.S. over the last 24 hours. In one of those shootings, a suspect lured police into an ambush. That shooting happened in Bristol, Connecticut. A suspect made a phony 911 call, then waited on officers to arrive before opening fire on them with an AR-15. The police chief in Bristol called it a "senseless act of violence." These attacks on police are part of a larger problem. Simply put, says NewsNation's Leland Vittert, it's open season on police. Just this week, four officers died and eight others were hurt in seven different shootings in every corner of the country. "There is an attack on law enforcement. They demean us and they tell you, you hear elected officials tell you, to fight and resist against law enforcement," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Thursday on NewsNation's "On Balance with Leland Vittert." Left-leaning networks will report that it's because there are too many guns in this country; they will make it political. Conservative outlets will say this is all happening because woke prosecutors are letting violent criminals back on the streets, also making it political. There is plenty of time for that debate. Before anything else, we want to tell you about the men and women killed protecting us. Myiesha Stewart, a 30-year-old officer, died a shootout in Greenville, Mississippi. She grew up in the city she went on serve in. She went to school at nearby Delta State University where she studied criminal justice and played basketball. She leaves behind a 3-year-old son. Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould salutes police vehicles in a procession carrying one of his fallen officers at the scene where two police officers killed, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Bristol, Conn. The officers were fatally shot and a third wounded while responding to a domestic violence call in Connecticut, authorities said Thursday, amid an exceptionally violent week for officers across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and 34-year-old officer Alex Hamzy died in the ambush in Connecticut. Demonte served on the force for 10.5 years. He also worked as a resource officer at two local schools and was training the next wave of police recruits. He won officer of the year in 2019. He leaves behind two kids and his wife who is expecting another child. Hamzy was an eight-year veteran of the department. He grew up in Bristol and graduated from a local high school. He leaves behind a wife. Police: Quinton Simon presumed dead; body not found In Las Vegas, 49-year-old Truong Thai died in a shootout that stemmed from a domes

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