Police shoot drug suspect in Bel-Ridge

BEL-RIDGE, MO (KTVI) -St. Louis County Police are investigating a shooting involving one of their officers and a drug suspect. The suspect is expected to survive after the altercation in the 3400 block of Elmhurst.  Several undercover detectives were in the area.

Police are not saying if this began as some kind of a sting, or undercover drug meet.  They say officers began moving in, and the suspect pulled a weapon.  The say when he produced the gun he was well aware he was dealing with police.

“Absolutely,” St. Louis County Police spokesman, Officer Brian Schullman said. “They were in full police gear, stated police and continued to state, put your hands behind your back, you’re under arrest.  Badges and ID’s hanging as well.”

The say the man pulled the weapon, but it’s unclear at this point if he fired it.

“That’s what we’re not sure of at this point,” Schullman said.  “Stuff that will come out in the investigation.  We have retrieved a handgun.  But we’ll take a look at all that.  In the heat of the moment, the officers aren’t completely sure what happened other than a gun was pointed in their direction and they returned fire for their safety.”

Police weren’t saying if there was anyone else in the home at the time of the shooting.  In fact, they say details will likely remain scarce due to the undercover nature of the investigation.

No one other than the suspect was injured.