Officer shoots, wounds suspect in Kinloch

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KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities say an officer in suburban St. Louis has shot and wounded a suspect while responding to a stolen vehicle report.

St. Louis County police said in a news release that the officer ``was placed in fear of his life'' when he attempted to contact the suspect. Police say the officer discharged his weapon, and the suspect sustained a single, non-life threatening wound.

The 18-year-old suspect was treated at a hospital and is in police custody. The officer who shot him has worked in law enforcement for nine years, and has spent the past four years with the Kinloch Police Department.

Authorities are investigating the shooting. The release offered no other details about what led up to the shooting, but said more information will be released when it becomes available.