Officer shot ‘twice in face’ during St. Louis ambush, manhunt underway
The attack occurred when a car pulled up to the officer's cruiser and someone from inside the vehicle opened fire before fleeing, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said, as cited by Reuters.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted that the officer was shot twice in the face, citing a source.
Source says officer was shot twice in the face— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) November 21, 2016
The officer has been identified as a 46-year-old male sergeant with 20 years of service in the police force. He was conscious and able to speak after the attack, according to Dotson, and remains in critical but stable condition.
The injured officer is a 46-year old male sergeant with 20 years of service. The officer is in critical/stable condition.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) November 21, 2016
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted that he traveled to the hospital and was able to speak to the officer, noting that he is expected to survive.
Shot officer is in critical but stable condition, and is expected to survive. Very encouraged that I was able to speak with the sgt. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) November 21, 2016
Slay also urged the "apprehension of the dangerous individual" who shot the officer.
Prayers for the sgt's swift recovery and apprehension of the dangerous individual who shot him. #fgs— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) November 21, 2016
The attack took place just hours after a similar ambush occurred in San Antonio, Texas, with an officer shot dead while writing a ticket for a traffic violation in his patrol car.