Deadly police ambush attacks on the rise in 2016

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Foti Kallergis reports on the latest from Des Moines, where two officers were murdered in what officers call an "ambush-style attack."

The deadly shootings of two Des Moines police officers are only a reminder of a year marred by ambush attacks on law enforcement.

In 2016, ambush attacks have become a sad reality and danger for those who serve in uniform on American streets.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial says officer fatalities are up 11 percent, and the fatal shooting of police officers is up nearly 50 percent from this point last year.

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Deputy Alden Clopton was shot multiple times late Wednesday, and spent hours in surgery.

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Deputy Constable Aldon Clopton was in surgery for much of Thursday after being shot multiple times.



Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton was shot several times from behind on April 13 as he assisted in a traffic stop near Texas Southern University.

Investigators said Clopton survived because he was wearing a protective vest during the ambush.

The person who shot Clopton is still on the run, and a reward is being offered for his arrest.

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Then, in July, two ambush attacks on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana killed a total of eight officers and injured 14 people.

In Dallas, hundreds had gathered to protest peaceably the police shootings of two black men at the hands of police.

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Demonstrators were protesting the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile when gunfire rang out around 8:45pm on July 7.

A sniper who opened fire on police from the inside of a parking garage was later killed by an explosive device attached to a bomb robot.



In Baton Rouge, a former Marine dressed in black and carried large quantities of ammunition in his ambush on police, killing three officers. Four other officers were injured in the attack.

Investigators say surveillance footage showed the attacker's tactical movements which indicated former military training.

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Chauncy Glover has the latest from Baton Rouge after several officers were shot

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In between the deadly shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, a man was accused of using 911 to draw out an officer in an ambush attack in Georgia. Fortunately, Officer Randall Hancock survived the shooting.



The "ambush-style attack" on two Des Moines-area police officers is still under investigation, and a motive is not known.

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The search is on for a shooter who gunned down two police officers in Des Moines

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Raw video shows the scene where two police officers were ambushed in Des Moines.

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