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Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

Eventually, the suspects' vehicle stopped at Park Avenue and Astra in north St. Louis and the suspects exited the auto and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to police. Fortunately, the Black officer suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was later released from the hospital.

No other vehicles were involved, and Pence's motorcade continued to the airport. He was armed when he exited his home, but, according to O'Toole, the officer did not fire any shots. He also visited Schriever Air Force Base, home to the Air Force Space Command. Officers laid down spike strips and turned on their lights, but the occupants of the vehicle allegedly opened fire on police.

The third suspect who had been in the stolen vehicle managed to escape.

There are no details on whether the on-duty officer has been placed on administrative leave. He notes there's no evidence in the police report that the off-duty officer posed any sort of threat, and yet the officer who shot him is said to have feared for his safety.

According to O'Toole, the off-duty officer did not fire any shots.




At about the same time, another officer who had just arrived on the scene saw what was happening and "fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm". He complied with the order and as soon as the officers recognized him they told him to stand up and asked him to come toward them. Someone in the stolen vehicle then opened fire at the pursuing officers, so they backed off but continued to follow the auto. A 17-year-old suspect was treated after being shot in the ankle. "We can see this is a real problem". Young - at the time the son of the department's highest-ranking black officer - was dressed in baggy jeans, an overcoat and a baseball cap, and he was carrying a gun.

'This has been a national discussion for the past two years'.

The unnamed officer who was shot in the arm was released from the hospital Thursday. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared", the attorney concluded. Both suspects were identified as 17-year-old boys.

Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show such accidental police-on-police shootings occur at a low rate given the tense, confusing circumstances officers routinely face. The FBI statistics don't specify the race of the officers killed.

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