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AFFTON, MO - The St. Louis County Police Department reports an officer involved shooting in the 7700 block of Harlan Street in south St. Louis County on Sunday morning. Officers responded to a residence for a “call for police” at around 6:37 am. When  they knocked on the front door, they saw a man approaching the door with a handgun in one hand and a sword in the other.

When the subject opened the door, he released a dog from the residence which caused the officers to step back. The subject then stepped outside on the porch holding both weapons.

Police say they gave commands for him to drop his weapons but the suspect didn’t comply. One officer fired his weapon and hit the suspect several times.

Police describe the suspect as a white male in his late 30s. He is hospitalized in critical condition. No officers were injured.

The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is investigating the incident.

Please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS(8477) if you have any information regarding the incident.

The shooting comes just days before the one-year anniversary of killing of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.  He was shot and killed October 6th in the same precinct where Sunday’s shooting occurred.

St. Louis County Police spokesman Shawn McGuire said the anniversary of the shooting is already on the minds of fellow officers.