Off-duty officer confronts a man in St. Louis with a gun; Suspect & bystander in critical condition


ST. LOUIS – Two people are critically hurt after a shooting in north St. Louis Thursday night that involved an off-duty 30-year-old Northwoods Police Officer.  The officer is not hurt and is cooperating with the investigation.

The incident unfolded on St. Louis Avenue and North 19th Street in north city. Police got the call at about 11:15 p.m.

Police say that when they arrived on the scene they found a 52-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The off-duty officer was there too. He was uninjured and wearing a baseball cap with the word “police” on it and a nylon jacket with the word “police” on the front and back.

The off-duty officer says that he saw a 25-year-old man arguing with an elderly woman near a vehicle. He then got a gun out of the car and approached a crowd. At least some of the people involved were either at or near a nearby nightclub.

The off-duty officer confronted the man with the gun. That is when the man fired the weapon in the direction of several people. The off-duty officer then returned fire, hitting the suspect.

The 25-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle. He is listed in critical condition.

The 52-year-old man was hit by some of the suspect’s bullets and is in critical condition. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The officer’s identity has not yet been released. It is not clear why he was in the area or wearing clearly marked police clothing.

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