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Officers targeted in two separate ambushes only hours apart

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Clarksville,TN officers were ambushed early Thursday morning after receiving a call about a suicidal
man. Luckily, no officers were injured in the attack. The assailant was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

According to The Leaf Chronicle, police received the call at 12:48 a.m. Thursday that there was a suicidal male subject in the area of Parade Drive and Firebreak Drive, Clarksville Police public information office Natalie Hall wrote in a report. The man, later identified as 29-year-old Clarksville area resident Jared Ballis, called 911 stating he was suicidal and would kill anyone trying to stop him.

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard ambushed an officer responding to a call early Thursday morning that left one victim injured and another dead.
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard ambushed an officer responding to a call early Thursday morning that left one victim injured and another dead.

When police arrived it appeared as if Ballis parked his vehicle in a location for an ambush and fired at least two rounds, striking a patrol vehicle. Ballis, a former soldier with the U.S. Army was found dead at 2:18 a.m. with a .223 assault rifle and a .45 caliber pistol, while a 7.62mm SKS Rifle was found in his vehicle.

This is the second instance of military personnel ambushing police officers in the last 24 hours. Just three minutes before the body Ballis was discovered by authorities, a 911 call in Bourne, Mass. brought police officers to a shootout with a member of the Coast Guard which resulted in one Coast Guardsmen dead, and another guardsmen and an officer wounded and hospitalized.

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