WENTZVILLE, Mo. — Wentzville police shot a man who threatened self-harm outside of an automotive store Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Pearce Boulevard, outside of an AutoZone. When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found a man inside a car threatening himself with a gun. Police said the 53-year-old man did not comply with officers telling him to drop his weapon.

“Shots were fired. They were not exchanged. Our officers were the ones that discharged their weapons,” Wentzville Police Sgt. Jacob Schmidt told FOX 2.

Police later said the man was a person of interest in a kidnapping at gunpoint in Lincoln County. During the incident in Wentzville, the man was shot in the arm. He was transported to Mercy Hospital and is expected to be okay. His name has not been released.

Jason McMenamy said his son and his son’s girlfriend were inside the car moments before the shooting.  

“I think they were just asked to give this person a ride from somewhere,” said McMenamy.

McMenamy said his son and his son’s girlfriend were traveling in the car when they were given a call by someone telling them the person with them was a potential danger.  

They pulled into the parking lot of the AutoZone and tried to nonchalantly enter the store to call for help while leaving the man inside the car.   

“That’s what they did,” said McMenamy. “They made a call in here (AutoZone) to the police.”  

He was relieved his son and his son’s girlfriend were not harmed.  

“It could have been way worse,” said McMenamy.  

Sgt. Schmidt said they are not calling the man a suspect at this point in the investigation. The Wentzville Police Department has activated a critical incident response team to work with detectives to figure out what happened.