They have happened in Forney, Texas...Kaufman, Texas....Denver, Colorado....and now Williamson, West Virgina... police officers and criminal prosecutors...shot and killed.
And while whether those shootings are at all connected or not..the common denominator in all of them...is law enforcement.
The murders of these law enforcement officers has police everywhere on alert.
It is no secret that getting criminals off the streets can be a dangerous job.
When your job is putting criminals behind bars -- it doesn't come without risks.
Here in our area -- Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead recognizes the type of people they deal with could be vengeful. "It's a high risk job and you realize that, but these things probably remind you more than put you on extra alert. Just a reminder for all of us in the profession."
With 20,000 people booked into the Minnehaha County Jail every year -- Milstead explains some are bound to seek revenge. "They're prosecuted by our state's attorney, they're held in the jail the sheriff manages, they may have been arrested by city police officers or a highway patrolman, so we deal with unhappy customers. We deal with people who are upset but it's something we recognize when we took this job."
Milstead expressed concern for the families and fellow officers as well as the communities these law enforcement workers served to protect.