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(Image courtesy St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office)
(Image courtesy St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)

BALLWIN, MO (KTVI)- Authorities are investigating after a police officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning in west St. Louis County. It happened shortly around 11 a.m. near the 300 block of New Ballwin Road, in Ballwin, MO. The wound was in the neck.

The officer, who works for the Ballwin Police Department, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

Sources tell the Post that the officer was shot at least once from behind and there were at least three shots fired at him. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle before leaving his car abandoned on Burgandy Drive in the Westridge Manor subdivision in Manchester, MO.

He was apprehended after a foot pursuit.  St. Louis County officials say a weapon was recovered.

Police say he is a tall, thin African-American male who was wearing a gray tee-shirt and blue jeans. He was allegedly driving a blue Ford Taurus with Illinois temporary tags during the time of the shooting.

The St. Louis County Police Department will conduct this investigation. A joint news briefing was held Friday afternoon at the Ballwin Police Headquarters.

New Ballwin Road is closed in the area.

The City of Ballwin has a population of nearly 30,000. It is located in west St. Louis County, along Manchester Road west of Highway 141.