Officer opens fire after vehicle struck downtown; suspect sought

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- An officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department opened fire at a suspect Wednesday morning after the officer was nearly hit by a stolen car. The incident took place around 9 a.m. near Tucker Boulevard and Locust.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says technology on a downtown camera located the license plate of a Pontiac that was stolen in St. Louis County.

As officers responded, a suspect got into the stolen car and tried to leave the scene. Dotson says the stolen car hit the passenger side of a police cruiser as an officer was trying to get out to arrest the suspect.

The officer fired one shot that went through the passenger side window of the police cruiser. The stolen car sped off, starting a police pursuit that ended in north city when police lost the Pontiac.

It was later found unoccupied in an alley in the 1100 block of E. John.

No officers were hurt and police don`t think the suspect was wounded.

The suspect is at large.