The 26 year old officer was brought to Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Central West End after the shooting with a minor gunshot wound to his arm. He was treated and released.
Investigators say the officer who was hurt shot and killed the suspect during the altercation. It happened last night in West St. Louis as police were responding to a domestic disturbance call.
That suspect has now been identified by police as 48 year old Bobby King.
Emotions were running high at the scene last night on Mitchell Avenue in West St. Louis.
At one point, an upset man chased a police vehicle. Others were seen hugging each other.
Investigators say two officers responded following an argument between King and his wife.
King`s wife asked police for help getting into her home so she could get some of her things.
Investigators tell us after the officers arrived and were inside the home, King took out a gun and pointed it at them.
The officers took cover and told King to drop the weapon. Police say King refused and gunshots were exchanged. King was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have not released the officer`s name but say he has been on the city police force for nearly four and a half years.
As is standard procedure, the officer is on paid leave while the investigation is conducted.
No other officers were hurt.
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