Police officers ‘ambushed’ in north city shooting, interim chief says

ST. LOUIS – Two St. Louis police officers were “ambushed” while patrolling a neighborhood north of downtown Friday afternoon and a bystander was struck by a stray bullet in the shooting, Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said.

According to the interim chief, the shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Dixon. Officers in the gang investigation unit were in the neighborhood when they noticed two persons of interest. They tried to talk to those individuals, who then opened fire on the officers.

The officers sped away from the scene of the shooting and drove to 14th and Cass. Police swarmed the area in response. The wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital.

The officers were struck in their legs and hands, with additional shrapnel injuries to their faces. One officer was shot in the leg.  The other officer was shot in the arm and leg.  O’Toole said the male officer, 35, and female officer, 32, were in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to the officers, an 24-year-old innocent bystander was struck by the suspects’ gunfire while standing in her home on N. 9th Street. She was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Police located and arrested two male suspects, ages 22 and 24. The interim chief said police also recovered two weapons from the scene: a 9mm pistol and a 7.62 modified rifle.

“These are violent offenders, this is what they do. They don’t want to be taken (into custody) and they don’t care what they do when they’re firing an assault rifle like this in an urban area,” O’Toole said.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson went to the hospital with O’Toole and met with the injured officers.

“It’s a dangerous job that they’re doing for us,” she said.

The two suspects will be eventually be charged with assaulting police officers, assault on the bystander, and other weapons-related charges.

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The soft lockdown at St. Louis schools has been lifted.

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Police say that officers in the gang investigation unit were in the neighborhood when they noticed a person of interest.  They tried to talk to the suspect at around 1:45pm.  The suspect opened fire on them while they were in the silver vehicle.  That car has bullet holes in it.

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 Three suspects are in custody.  Police say that two suspects are at large.

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SkyFOX helicopter pilot Stan Dawid says that two suspects are in custody.  They were placed under arrest at the intersection of Hamilton and Clemons.

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It appears there is a suspect in custody.

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Patrick Wallace with St. Louis Public Schools says the following schools areon soft lockdown:

  • Vashon High School
  • Dunbar Elem
  • Innovative Concept Academy
  • Jefferson Elem
  • Gateway Elem
  • Gateway Middle School
  • Carr Lane Middle School

No students are allowed outside. No one allowed into the buildings.

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There are seven St. Louis schools in the area on soft lockdown because of the shootings

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Update: One police officer was shot in the leg.  The other officer was shot in the arm and leg. 

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is heading to the hospital to meet with the injured officers.

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Investigators are looking for a suspect. They have a name of a person they are sending out over police dispatch. They are looking for a 2003 tan van with Illinois plates.

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Officers appear to be interested in this vehicle: 

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Some images from the scene. Sources tell FOX 2 that the suspect may have had an assault rifle.