Mo., officer shot in face during traffic stop expected to survive

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PLEASANT VALLEY, Mo. -- Pleasant Valley police officer Jacob Baldwin is expected to survive being shot in the face over the weekend. Before serving as a police officer, Baldwin survived tours overseas, but it was on I-35 just north of I-435 where he almost lost his life.

"A routine traffic stop can turn into something that's not so routine," said Sgt. Collin Stosberg.

Omar Maria

Omar Maria

A police officer's job is to protect and serve, as officer Jacob Baldwin was doing Saturday night when he pulled over a car police say was driven by Omar Maria for expired registration.

"He did not have a chance,"Stosberg said.

Before officer Baldwin could even get out of the car, police say Maria jumped out of his car, and shot Baldwin. The officer pulled the car over for registration violation, but Maria, who has a long rap sheet, had a warrant for his arrest on a federal weapons violation.

"This person that he stopped obviously had a plan, and his plan was not to go to jail that night," Stosberg said.

Police want to make it clear that Maria didn't just shoot an officer. Behind the badge, under the uniform, Baldwin is a son and father to a little girl.

"We wear this uniform and we go to work and we love what we do, but at the same time our goal is to go home to our families every day and sometimes that doesn't happen.”

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