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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 28-year-old man Friday for wounding a county police officer.

According to prosecutors, the shooting occurred Thursday around 8:30 p.m. in the 10400 block of Royal Drive. That’s in the Castle Point neighborhood. Between 4 and 6 officers had responded to the home on Royal Drive to arrest a suspect wanted for assault with a firearm. While officers were knocking on the door of the home, police said a suspect exited the side door and opened fire on police.

One male officer, who's been on the force for a month, was wounded in the attack and taken immediately to the hospital by other officers. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

The other officers at the scene did not return fire on the suspect, but watched him withdraw into the home. Officers surrounded the home and called for the police SWAT team. Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday morning, police took three occupants of the home into custody. They identified the three as a man and two women. All three were taken into custody without further incident.

Police identified the suspected shooter as Jo’Von Mitchell. He was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, assault with a firearm, and armed criminal action.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Mitchell is known to law enforcement.

“He has an extensive criminal record,” he said.

Belmar said he was notified of the shooting immediately and was kept informed of the situation throughout the night.

“Those are bad calls to get typically at night you’re probably not going to get good news,” he said.

Belmar does not think second incident will hurt morale like the shooting of Officer Blake Snyder because this officer will survive.

“I don’t see a lot of frustration out there, there’s not a lot of shoulders down or anything like that,” he said.

Still, the chief said it’s important to motivate the men and women on the force.

“You talk to the officers about the fact that they are among the very best, their job is worth doing, this community is worth protecting and they do have value," he said.

Meanwhile, the wounded officer was treated and released from a local hospital. He still has the bullet lodged in his arm.