UPDATED at 11:25 a.m. with information that the officer returned fire through his windshield

A St. Louis police sergeant was shot and wounded in an ambush while sitting in his own car working a second job in the Central West End early Tuesday, police said.

The sergeant was in full police uniform, and his bulletproof vest saved his life, said Police Chief Sam Dotson. As many as 14 bullets pierced the front windshield of the officer’s personal vehicle in the attack. Some were fired by the suspect, some by the officer who returned fire, police say.

It happened at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday near Maryland and Euclid avenues.

A search is under way for four men authorities believe were involved. The gunman, who covered his face with a bandana, ran off; three others fled in a silver or gray Ford sedan. The officer returned fire and may have hit one of the suspects.

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