(ST. LOUIS) — A St. Louis police sergeant was in critical condition Sunday night after he was shot twice in the head while sitting in his patrol car in what the police chief called an ambush.
The suspect drove alongside the sergeant’s marked vehicle and fired at him, Chief Sam Dotson of the St Louis Police Department said.
The 46-year-old sergeant, who Dotson said has 20 years of service, was shot two times in the head and sustained injuries to the face. He was in critical but stable condition and was talking, and was expected to survive the police chief said.
“This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his car and shot out the police officer’s window,” he said.
The suspect fled the scene and is at large.
The sergeant was able to radio in for assistance, and when officers arrived, he was still sitting in his car with his gun in his holster, Dotson said. The sergeant is only able to describe the vehicle as silver, the chief said
The chief announced that all officers will be riding in two-person groups and additional resources have been called in.
St Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the husband and father of three was shot without provocation, adding that he was just doing his job. The mayor described the suspect as dangerous.
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