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Dubuque law enforcement reflect on West Memphis shootings

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Thursday two officers were shot and killed in West Memphis, Arkansas after a traffic stop. The suspects were later found, shot and killed; two more were injured. It's a reality that hits home for some officers in Eastern Iowa. The fact that they put their life on the line everyday.

"It can happen anywhere at any time, you just hope it never does," said Lt. Scott Baxter.

Lt. Baxter knows first hand the dangers of his job.

"It's a natural instinct to try and preserve your life but obviously as a law enforcement person you have to think to try and save the lives of the innocent people around you," said Baxter.

Last December he was shot while responding to a call, still he and many others risk their lives on a daily basis.

"Officers can go from writing a ticket to being a gun fight with somebody in a matter of seconds," said Baxter.

Thursday two West Memphis officers were shot and killed during a traffic stop. The suspects were later found in a Walmart parking lot. Where they were shot and killed; two more officers injured.

"You're always looking at your surroundings you're environment," said Patrol Officer Daniel Saber.

Patrol Officer Daniel Sabers has been with the Dubuque Police Department for 25 years.

While he's never been shot, he understands the dangers. And says what happened Thursday in West Memphis is a reminder just how dangerous situations can get.

"I think it makes officers take a step back and maybe take a look at the situations they're walking into and maybe how they can take different steps to secure their safety and the safety of other officers and also citizens," said Sabers.

And while the story is close to home for some officers in Dubuque. They say their hearts go out to all the officers involved in Thursday's shootings.

"It's the reality and a stark reminder. We're across the nation a million strong and we're one big family. When one of us gets hurts of killed it effects us all," said Baxter.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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