Several recent incidents in the area of police officers being shot or shot at has seemed to renew a public awareness of just how dangerous that profession can be.
Officers have been shot at and wounded this year in Hopkins and Montgomery Counties and have been shot at in Oak Grove and Todd County. The Muhlenberg County Sheriff and a deputy had a gun pointed at them and were forced to shoot and kill the suspect only a few weeks ago. Thankfully, all of the injured lived and are expected to recover.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie cites an elevated level of violence against police in the last couple of years—saying a struggling economy may have something to do with a change in some people’s mindsets.
Chief Howie also says the growing prescription and illegal drug epidemic and alcohol abuse play a large role in his opinion.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin addressed recent area and local incidents at a Monday evening City Council meeting and asked the community to pray for officers—that this sort of thing would become less common.
National statistics show that 26 officers have died on duty across the country this year, down from 45 at the same point last year, but still above average.