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St. Louis police evaluates training after officer wounded

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ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Police Department is looking at whether more training is necessary after an off-duty officer was wounded by ``friendly fire'' from a fellow officer looking for suspects.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the department is forming a committee to decide how to best train officers for such encounters.

Police say they were chasing suspects inside a stolen car when it crashed June 21. The off-duty officer came out of his home after hearing the crash when an officer just arriving at the scene allegedly shot him in the elbow, thinking he was a suspect.

Interim Chief Lawrence O'Toole says an investigation is ongoing.

There are no national standards on how off-duty officers should take action and uniformed officers should conduct themselves when confronted by off-duty counterparts.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com