St. Charles County police officer wounded in shooting at firework stand

.ST. CHARLES, Mo. - A St. Charles County police officer was hospitalized early Wednesday morning following a shooting at a local firework stand.

According to Sgt. David Horton, a spokesman for the St. Charles Police Department, the shooting occurred just after 2:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of S. Fifth Street near Interstate 70.

A county officer was working security at the fireworks stand when he noticed two men attempting to steal fireworks. The officer went to confront the men when one of the suspects pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The 51-year-old officer suffered a graze wound in the upper body, Horton said. He was rushed to a local hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was later released.

The suspects fled in a black Mercedes Benz traveling east on I-70.

As a result, the St. Charles County Police Department has increased patrols—as well as undercover officers—around firework tents.

Anyone with information on the shooting or the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3300.