(WAFF) - A St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot Sunday night in what the police chief called an "ambush."
Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face. The male suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.
"Fortunately for the blessing of God the officer's going to survive," Dotson said during a brief news conference after the shooting. He declined to name the officer but said he is a married father of three who has been with the department for about 20 years.
Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas.
Sunday's skirmishes began around 6 p.m. after protesters removed a burned-out truck on what's known as the Backwater Bridge, not far from the encampment where they've been for weeks as they demonstrate against the pipeline. The Morton County Sheriff's Department estimated 400 protesters sought to cross the bridge on state Highway 1806.
The First Alert Weather Day continues through 7 a.m. while bitter cold temperatures warm above freezing.
Some patchy frost is possible so you may want to allow a little extra time for scraping your windshield if you park outside. Temperatures will recover quickly with highs pushing to near 60° with mostly sunny skies.
Lows into Tuesday morning will still be close to freezing, but we'll be into the mid 60s during the afternoon. Our next weather maker heads into the Valley on Wednesday. Clouds will increase ahead of it late Tuesday, keeping lows in the 40s.
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