ST. LOUIS, MO — Two police officers were shot Thursday at around 7:30am in north St. Louis County. They were hit in the chest. Their bulletproof vest may have saved their lives. The officers are conscious and speaking.
The police shooting happened in Bellefontaine Neighbors at the intersection of Chambers and Bellefontaine roads. Police took the suspect into custody after he was barricaded inside a home located in the 10100 block of Bellefontaine for over seven hours. They say he has been taken to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.
Police were responding to the home after reports of shots fired in Bellefontaine Neighbors Wednesday night. The details in that police call are not known at this point. But, a man who lives at the home was identified as a person of interest in the report of gunfire.
Officers got into an altercation with the man at the home. Neighbors told police that the man left the residence Thursday morning. Officers caught up with him on Crete drive. They tried to talk to the man. The situation escalated and officers may have used a taser to apprehend him. Police say he pulled out a handgun and shot both of the officers in their chests. Police returned fire and it isn't known if the suspect was injured in the shooting.
Police say the 37-year-old man ran into a nearby home. They are not certain the suspect lives at the home and have not yet made contact. The home is surrounded and authorities are working to take the suspect into custody.
Initial reports stated that the suspect was armed with a rifle. Investigators say the suspect is well known to police. They say the suspect may own an AR-15 rifle.
Police say a 44-year-old male officer and a 25-year-old officer were injured in the shooting. Reports indicate that both of the the officer's injuries are minor. There may be bruising where the bullets hit their vests. They were taken to the hospital to be checked out.