ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Two St. Louis police officers were shot Wednesday night while responding to an alarm call in the Baden neighborhood on the north-side.
“My first question is how are they? I’m going to see them,” Mayor Francis Slay told reporters outside the emergency room.
Luckily both officers were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are in stable condition.
Police spokesman David Marzullo said a male officer, 26, was shot in the leg and a female officer, 31, was shot in the foot. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.
A suspect was shot several times by officers at the scene. He was taken to St. Louis University Hospital and is in critical condition.
The shooting happened just before 11 a.m. in the 900 block of Elias Avenue in North St. Louis, north of Calvary Cemetery.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officers were called to the home because an alarm was sounding. When they arrived the front of the home was boarded up, but smoke was coming from the chimney and lights were on inside, so officers walked around to the backyard, that’s when they were hit with gunfire. The suspect then confronted the officers and opened fire without warning. The officers returned fire.
“The individual that came out did not have a conversation with the officers. He just started shooting at the officers,” Dotson said.
It’s believed the suspect lived at the home. Dotson said investigators found drugs packaged for sale inside the home.
The Baden neighborhood where the shooting occurred is one of the areas being targeted by “hot-spot policing” efforts.
Mayor Slay said St. Louisians should keep those officers in their thoughts and prayers. “When I got here I was relieved to know they’re actually sitting up and in very good spirits,” said Slay. “They’re talking, they have they’re family members up here.”