St. Louis County police officer shoots drug suspect

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)-- A very tense and frightening scene unfolded in University City Tuesday afternoon.

An undercover police officer shot a drug suspect in the 6800 block of Corbitt, police said.

The suspect was out of a hospital and in custody within two hours of the shooting.

A St. Louis County covert unit was conducting an undercover drug buy between 4:00-4:30, police said.

“During the course of the investigation, while trying to affect an arrest of the suspect, one thing leads to another. That’s still part of the early investigation which we’re not sure of.  Something goes wrong during that arrest and an officer fires a couple of shots at the suspect,” said Officer Brian Schellman of the St. Louis County Police Department.

It happened on the street.  The suspect was in a black Cadillac SUV.

It appeared the undercover police car and the suspect’s SUV made a slight impact, with the SUV coming to rest over the curb and off the street.

As of late Tuesday night, Police had yet to confirm whether the suspect was trying to flee in the SUV at the time of the shooting.

The suspect did not fire a weapon, police said.

Though residents said they’d seen gang and drug activity in the neighborhood recently, a friend of the suspect says he was not the guy police should be targeting.

“They definitely have the wrong guy.  He was a very nice, sweet person.  It’s my friend.  I’ve known him all my life,” said Nicole Lawson, a friend of the suspect.

“Our detective are going door to door doing a canvass to find out who saw what and what they can help with,” Officer Schellman said.

As of Tuesday night, there was only one suspect police said.

Charges were pending.

Police did not release his name and did not say whether he had a gun or whether officers considered his SUV to be a dangerous weapon, given the circumstances.

The officer involved will be on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation which is standard procedure, police said.

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  • ByeByeToTheRite

    You know why that cop shot that guy, don’t you?

    You should have seen how THREATENING this guy looked at the cop! Per the NRA rules of gun engagement, when you get a threatening look like that, there is only one response – git out yer gun and shoot! Helps compensate for being a weak coward.

    • Steven Sweeney

      As usual, you rant against guns and cops, without knowing any of the facts.I understand that you being a liberal you hate guns. Why cops? Bad experience or just prejudice? I would LOVE to see you patrol without a gun or a cop. What would you do? Explain the seat cushion flotation device thing? Pretty smug for a stewardess bye bye..

  • rose

    Selling drugs is a dangerous occupation, whether it be to an undercover cop or a dopehead, a professional drug dealer would never go make a deal without a weapon, even though it must pay pretty good to be driving a Cadillac. Still, it’s a dangerous job, taking a chance on getting shot.

  • anntaylor

    First of all jus why in da hell they wait till everybodys at home relaxing and children are out playing in the streets this jus dont make any since any bystander could have gottin hurt they dont care long as they get they cut rite……………

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