Off-duty Velda City officer shoots man armed with knife

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - One man was critically hurt after being shot multiple times by an off-duty police officer at a south St. Louis bar. It happened around 11:45 p.m. at the Grey Fox Pub located at Potomac and Spring in the Tower Grove South Neighborhood.

Police say the 23-year-old suspect was inside of the business, highly intoxicated when he got into a verbal argument with two female patrons. He was asked to leave the bar multiple times, which he did. However, he continued to return to the business and argue with the women.

After again being asked to leave, the employees locked the front door after he exited.

The suspect tried to return again and realized the door was locked. At that point, he kicked in the front glass door of the business and entered. He was armed with a knife.

The off-duty officer, who was also a patron of the bar, observed the armed suspect and confronted him. There was a physical struggle between the two, and the suspect was shot.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical/stable condition. The off-duty officer was not injured during the incident.

Police say a knife was recovered from the scene.

The 32-year-old off-duty officer has 5.5 years of service with the Velda City Police Department.

The Force Investigative Unit is handling the investigation.