ST. LOUIS_ A St. Louis police officer is recovering Thursday morning after he was struck by gunfire Wednesday night (June 21). The officer was not on duty at the time but came to the aid of fellow officers who were exchanging gunfire with three suspects.
According to St. Louis Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole, the 38 year old officer is an 11 year veteran of the force. He was shot in the arm and is in good condition, O'Toole said.
Police said around 10 p.m. Wednesday, the license plate recognition system in downtown St. Louis spotted a car stolen from Maryland Heights June 15. Officers followed the vehicle to North St. Louis where they used spike strips to try to stop it.
Three people in the car fired shots at officers, police said. Officers backed off but continued to follow the vehicle. The vehicle then stopped near Park Lane and Astra Avenue where more shots were fired.
The off duty officer lives in the area and came outside to assist his fellow officers when he heard the commotion. He was shot in the arm during the exchange. He was armed when he exited his home, but, according to O'Toole, the officer did not fire any shots.
It is not yet known who shot the officer.
Two suspects were arrested. A 17 year old suspect was shot in the ankle. Two guns were recovered.
Police are still searching for the third suspect involved in this incident.