St. Louis police officer shot twice in face

He is expected to survive after being shot in what the police chief called an "ambush"; The suspect got away

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis police sergeant is hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot in what the police chief calls an “ambush.”

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the 46-year-old officer has been with the force for about 20 years and is a married father of three. Dotson says he was shot twice in the face but is able to talk.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Dotson says the officer was not involved in a call or a traffic stop but was sitting in traffic when another car pulled up alongside his marked police vehicle. The officer told police he heard at least two shots.

The suspect got away. Police are using helicopters, SWAT teams and other resources in the search for the suspect.

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