Police Officer Injured in Velda City Shooting

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX)(UPDATED 3:16 p.m.) A Velda City police officer was grazed by a bullet while responding to a domestic incident Monday.

Police agencies were called to the 2200 block of Lucas and Hunt for a domestic dispute call about 11:15 a.m., according to St. Louis County police.

Police were told by a woman in the house that the suspect was threatening her with a weapon.

The suspect was told to drop his weapon, and instead the man pointed the weapon at police and exchanged gunfire with an officer, according to police.

The officer suffered a graze wound, but is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect took off after the shooting, and police, with the help of a K-9 unit, found him in a small dumpster. Upon opening the dumpster’s lid, several officers witnessed the suspect shoot himself once in the head.

The St. Louis County Police Department is handling the investigation.

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