March 22, 2010 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Plains states get more snow

From Wire Reports
 

OKLAHOMA CITY – More snow fell Sunday as part of a powerful storm blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the first weekend of spring.

The National Weather Service said there was moderate to heavy snow across northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, with some places reporting 8 to 12 inches of snow.

Authorities have attributed at least five deaths in four states to the weather.

The storm came a day after temperatures had reached into the 70s, and forecasters say temperatures should rebound into the 60s as soon as today.

Officers shot during traffic stop

BALTIMORE – Two police officers who pulled over a suspicious vehicle were shot and wounded by the driver, and the suspect was killed when the officers returned fire, Baltimore police said Sunday.

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said the officers will survive and are expected to undergo surgery at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The officers pulled a vehicle over, found marijuana in the car and were arresting one of two passengers when the driver hesitated to get out.

The man struggled with officers and managed to break away, grabbed a handgun from the car and started shooting. The officers returned fire, killing him.

Bealefeld commended the officers. He has directed officers to target efforts toward “bad guys with guns” in the city long plagued by violence.


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