Police officers ‘ambushed’ in north city shooting, interim chief says

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS – Two St. Louis police officers were “ambushed” while patrolling a neighborhood north of downtown Friday afternoon and a bystander was struck by a stray bullet in the shooting, Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said.

According to the interim chief, the shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Dixon. Officers in the gang investigation unit were in the neighborhood when they noticed two persons of interest. They tried to talk to those individuals, who then opened fire on the officers.

The officers sped away from the scene of the shooting and drove to 14th and Cass. Police swarmed the area in response. The wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital.

The officers were struck in their legs and hands, with additional shrapnel injuries to their faces. One officer was shot in the leg.  The other officer was shot in the arm and leg.  O’Toole said the male officer, 35, and female officer, 32, were in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to the officers, an 24-year-old innocent bystander was struck by the suspects’ gunfire while standing in her home on N. 9th Street. She was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Police located and arrested two male suspects, ages 22 and 24. The interim chief said police also recovered two weapons from the scene: a 9mm pistol and a 7.62 modified rifle.

“These are violent offenders, this is what they do. They don’t want to be taken (into custody) and they don’t care what they do when they’re firing an assault rifle like this in an urban area,” O’Toole said.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson went to the hospital with O’Toole and met with the injured officers.

“It’s a dangerous job that they’re doing for us,” she said.

The two suspects will be eventually be charged with assaulting police officers, assault on the bystander, and other weapons-related charges.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News