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Police shoot suspected car thief in north St. Louis; officer has minor injuries

ST. LOUIS, MO - St. Louis police shot a suspected car thief Thursday afternoon in a north city neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 3800 block of Maffitt Avenue.

According to interim police chief Lt. Col. Lawrence O'Toole, detectives with the department's special operations division were conducting surveillance in the area and observed a stolen 2017 Ford Explorer. The vehicle had been reported stolen August 11 out of Bridgeton.

Police used spike strips on the SUV. The suspect behind the wheel drove the vehicle to Maffitt Avenue. The driver and another occupant in the SUV fled on foot, O'Toole said. One of the men in the vehicle was armed.

As police chased after the two people, O'Toole said the armed individual turned and pointed the gun at an officer. That officer, fearing for his safety, fired several shots at the armed person, striking him in the torso. It's unclear how many times the person was shot.

The wounded suspect, a man in his late 20s, was taken to a local hospital where he's said to be in stable condition. No officers were wounded. A gun belonging to the suspect was recovered at the scene.

The second suspect was apprehended without further incident.

The officer who shot the suspect is a 10-year veteran of the police force, O'Toole said.

Another officer suffered an injury to his knee. That officer was taken to an area hospital.

Several other locations have crime tape up in the area. Police appear to be investigating a car that has crashed a block from the shooting scene. They have also gathered around a maroon vehicle in the area.

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Investigators have gathered around a maroon car:

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Police have a second scene with crime tape up:

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Images from the scene in north St. Louis:

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Police officer receives medical attention at the scene: