Man arrested in wounding of St. Louis County officer

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis County police officer is recovering this morning after a late night shooting left him injured. Police say they've arrested the gunman.

The shooting occurred Thursday night in the 10400 block of Royal Drive. That’s in the Castle Point neighborhood. This morning, a police spokesman confirmed details of the incident. Between 4 and 6 officers had responded to the home on Royal Drive to arrest a suspect wanted for assault with a firearm. While officers were knocking on the door of the home, they say a suspect exited the side door and opened fire on police.

One male officer, who's been on the force for a month, was wounded in the attack and taken immediately to the hospital by other officers. His injuries are described as "non life threatening" and he was still being treated for his wound early Friday morning.

Police tell FOX 2 other officers at the scene did not return fire on the suspect, and watched him withdraw into the home. Officers surrounded the home and called for the police SWAT team. Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday morning, police took three occupants of the home into custody. They identified the three as a man and two women. All three were taken into custody without further incident.

Police tentatively identified the man in custody as 28-years-old, and confirm he is the suspect they were originally dispatched to arrest at the home. He was wanted for an assault with a gun and unlawful use of a weapon. The investigation continues into the shooting and police have indicated they plan to release more information later Friday.

Any charges in the shooting incident would come from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office and could come as early as Friday afternoon.

Police Spokesman Sergeant Shawn McGuire told Fox 2 News that police were relieved with the news the wounded officer was not seriously injured. "He’s doing okay. He talked with a commander… and Chief Belmar was visiting with him. His spirits were high", he said. "That’s about the worst thing that can happen to us. So in that case, he’s stable, non life threatening injuries… that’s about the best case scenario especially when we get the suspect in custody without further incident.”

FOX 2 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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