Maryland Heights officer shot while working a car break-in sting, suspects charged

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. –  Two police officers were shot at –one was wounded Thursday morning when the officer confronted an armed suspect while working on a car break-in in Maryland Heights.  Two suspects have been charged in this case.

The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m at the Bennington Place Apartments located in the 2100 block of Gallery Drive.  The officer approached the suspect they spotted allegedly trying to break into a car, Bill Carson  Maryland Heights police chief said at an early morning news conference.

Carson said the officers were part of a special assignment working to curb a recent rash of car break-ins in the Maryland Heights area.

The wounded officer is a 38-year-old man who has been with the department for 8 years.  He was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

Menuis Ellis, 17, of Pine Lawn is charged with assault, armed criminal action and one count of stealing. His bond is set at one million dollars. Davina Parker, 26, of Jennings is charged with one count of stealing. Her bond is set at $2,500.


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