08:17 GMT18 January 2021
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    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will aid state and local law enforcement officers to counter the increase of police killings following a weekend that left two officers dead, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated in a news release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Since Friday, two law enforcement officers were killed. US Marshal Service Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers and San Antonio Police Department Detective Benjamin Marconi were killed in the line of duty, the release stated.

    Marconi’s death was followed later Sunday by shooting incidents in which two police officers on duty in other parts of the US were wounded – one in St. Louis, Missouri, the other on Florida’s Sanibel Island.

    In November, two police officers in the US state of Iowa were ambushed and killed in their patrol cars upon arrival at the scene of a reported shooting. Also in November, a police officer in the US state of New York died from gunshot wounds sustained in a shootout.

    “I regard this increase with the utmost seriousness and the [DOJ] is working closely with our partners in the field to improve officers safety and resilience,” Lynch stated in the release on Monday. “In the days ahead, the [DOJ] will continue to assist state and local law enforcement officers in any way that we can to reduce the frequency and deadliness of these tragic incidents.”

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