Authorities investigating officer-involved shooting in Franklin County

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LONEDELL, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting  in rural Franklin County at the scene of a suspected car theft chop shop.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke tells FOX2 that members of a multi-jurisdictional task force from St. Louis and Jefferson County surrounded a building believed tied to the thefts on Spring Drive in Lonedell Wednesday night, when a truck broke out of the building and rammed vehicles in the area. Fearing for their safety,  Toelke said the law enforcement officers opened fire on the truck, which carried a total of three people.

The male driver was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries, while a male passenger was transported by ambulance. The nature of a female passenger’s injuries were unclear late Wednesday night.  No weapons were recovered inside the truck, according to Sheriff Toelke.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is already on scene conducting an investigation into the incident. Stay with FOX2 News for more details on the investigation.

 

 

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