ST. LOUIS (Updated 6:40 p.m.) – The officer that was reportedly shot in the hand Monday afternoon, actually suffers an injury that is not the result of a gunshot wound.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the officer fell and injured his left hand – but believed he had been shot at the time of injury.
“Initially the reports were that he was shot,” Dotson says. “After talking to the doctor at the hospital and evaluating it, it is a serious injury to his hand – but it does not appear to be a bullet wound.”
Police say the incident stems from an earlier shooting in the county that the city police assisted with. Officers have taken four suspects into custody.
“We have those four individuals in custody,” Dotson told reporters outside the St. Louis U. hospital ER. “We’ve recovered an assault rifle, two pistols and a ski mask out of that vehicle.”
The unidentified 29-year-old officer has more than six years with the police force.
Dotson said his officers were eventually able to arrest two adults and two juveniles, including a young girl, who ran from the suspect vehicle.
Our previous reporting:
St. Louis Police say an officer was shot in the hand Monday afternoon near 14th and Florissant in North city.
The officer was taken to St. Louis University Hospital and he’s reportedly conscious and breathing.
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