ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two St. Louis police officers are recovering after investigators say they were ambushed and shot while responding to a call in north St. Louis.
The officers fired back, hitting the suspect several times. Police say both officers were taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in stable condition. Chief Sam Dotson tweeted late Wednesday night that he was with them at the hospital and they were talking and in good spirits.
The shooting happened just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday at a home on Elias in the Baden neighborhood.
Chief Dotson says the officers were responding to a call for an alarm sounding at the home. When they got there, the front of the house was boarded up. But when they went around the back they saw lights on and smoke coming from a chimney.
That’s when Dotson says the suspect confronted the officer and opened fire without saying anything. Both officers were rushed to Barnes.
The suspect is listed in critical but stable condition. He was taken to SLU hospital.
One officer is identified as a 31-year-old female officer with six years on the force. She was shot in the foot. She has been released from the hospital.
The other is a 26-year-old male officer with two years on the force. He was shot in the leg and is expected to be released Thursday afternoon.
Police say the suspect is 44-year-old Rico Almundy Martin. Martin faces 6 felony counts for shooting officers. Dotson says investigators recovered the suspect’s gun and found drugs packaged for sale in the home.
Dotson also says Martin is known to police from past encounters and lives at the home and may have set off the alarm himself which brought the officers there in the first place.