Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

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ST. LOUIS  - St. Louis police say a black off-duty officer who heard a commotion near his home and tried to help fellow officers arrest three black suspects has been shot by a white officer who did not recognize him.

A police statement says a white officer who had just arrived on the scene of a suspected crime Wednesday night saw the off-duty black officer walking toward other officers and shot the black officer in the arm ``fearing for his safety.''

The injured off-duty officer was taken to a hospital and later released. The officers involved have not been identified.