ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A Normandy police officer is recovering following a police shootout in St. Louis. An earlier shooting in Maryland Heights led to the confrontation, police said.
According to a spokesperson with the Maryland Heights Police Department, a shooting happened around 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the SureStay hotel on Dorsett Road, just east of Interstate 270. A male victim was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital.
The suspects fled in a red Kia, police said.
A short time later, two Normandy patrol officers spotted the suspect vehicle and followed it into St. Louis to Adelaide near I-70.
The suspects curbed their car near the Pink Sisters convent and that’s when the shooting started, police said.
“An occupant of the car got out, armed with a long gun, and opened fire on the two officers in the Normandy Police car, their marked patrol vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Michael Sack, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
“As that occurred the officers quickly exited their vehicle and returned fire. Both the driver and passenger, the passenger being the shooter, were apprehended a short distance from here. Neither one of them was injured. Of the two Normandy officers, one of them appears to have an injury to the side of his face. As of this time, the fire that was used by the suspect has been recovered.”
Police released photos of the weapons: a handgun and an assault-style rife.
The gunman ran and hid near a house, neighbors said. He was quickly captured by police. A woman who driving the car was also arrested.
Crime lab investigators will now check to see if those weapons connect these suspects to both scenes.
The suspects are both in their late 20s, according to police.
The Normandy officer was possibly hit by shattered glass but was not shot, police said. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Several lanes of the highway were closed as first responders arrived at the scene. The highway appears to be opening back up now.