Transcript for Search for a Cop Killer in Minnesota; Latest in the Surge of Cops Killed on the Job
Now we are back here at home with a big headline about the dramatic rise in police officers killed in the line of duty. More than 70 officers have died this year. Today an officer shot and killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota. ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas tells us what is fueling this dangerous trend. Reporter: Tonight the hunting on in Minnesota after words police fear most, officer down. A police officer fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. He was a very dedicated police officer and a family man who absolutely adored his children. Reporter: Police searching for a green pontiac sedan that witnesses said raced from the scene. It's going to be a very tough time for the police department. Reporter: The tragic shooting in the latest in the surge of violence against police. Police killing by firearms are up 65% this year after a historic low in 2013. This is a wakeup call. We've got to do more to protect law enforcement officers in this country. Reporter: Two officers were wounded in a shooting in a north Carolina trailer park. This after three officers were shot in New York City yesterday. Too early to know if this is a broad trend but one thing police are seeing more this year, Diane, ambushes. Now we head to southern California and a kind of water world on the ucla campus, a
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