ST. LOUIS – One man remains hospitalized after being shot by St. Louis police and falling from a second-floor window during a domestic disturbance call.

According to Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident began around 11:20 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 6800 block of Balson Avenue, located in the Ellendale neighborhood.

Officers were initially called to the residence for a domestic dispute. However, that report was changed to a “shots fired” call before police arrived.

Caldwell claims that when officers arrived at the home, they met with a man and woman who said they were in the home with another man who began having an unspecified mental episode.

This person allegedly retrieved a rifle and threatened the other occupants in the home. One of the people being threatened grabbed an axe to defend himself and the other occupant.

Police claim the suspect retreated to the basement and then fired a shot through the first floor. The occupants fled the home, and the suspect shot at them again.

Caldwell said the man with the rifle barricaded himself inside the home. Police requested a SWAT team and hostage negotiators to get the man to surrender.

When the man refused to talk with law enforcement, officers opted to evacuate neighboring homes as a precaution.

Some point thereafter, police claim the man set the home ablaze and then leaned out a second-floor window, aiming the rifle at officers.

Officers fired at the man, striking him in the right forearm and neck. The armed man fell from the window and was rushed to a local hospital to be treated for his wounds and a laceration to his head. Caldwell said the man is listed in critical condition.

No other injuries were reported.

It’s unclear what led him to start shooting and set the house on fire.