UPDATED: Suspects Face Charges in Maryland Heights Car Theft

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 2:41 p.m.) An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot by one of his colleagues Wednesday night is out of the hospital.

The 38-year-old man was apparently a victim of “friendly fire” when he came out of his house attempting to help patrol officers apprehend suspects accused of stealing a car in Maryland Heights and firing guns at a city squad car.

Police say an on-duty officer saw the man approaching other on-duty officers — didn’t recognize him — then shot him in the arm.

As for the suspects in the stolen car incident, police say they have a pair of 17-year-old males in custody and are looking for a third male suspect.

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From left to right: Deandre Chaney, Cortney Smith
(Courtesy of SLMPD)

Deandre Chaney and Courtney Smith both face charges of assault, armed criminal action, felony fleeing and tampering.

Chaney and Smith are being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

An off-duty St. Louis police officer is shot after a stolen vehicle, being pursued by the Anti-Crime Unit, is fired on.

It happened at Park Lane and Astra in the North Pointe neighborhood.

“An off-duty officer who lives in that area herd the commotion, came out of his house to render assistance and during the exchange of gunfire, he was struck in his arm,” says Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole. “He’s being treated here tonight, and he’s in good condition.”

O’Toole says two suspects, both 17-year-olds, were arrested – one was shot in the ankle – and a third suspect is at large.

The car was stolen from Maryland Heights.

Four more shootings happened overnight, one deadly. Just after 12:30, two men were shot in the 5500 block of Thrush. Police say one of the victims died at the scene.

A robbery leaves one man shot and in stable condition. Authorities say the victim was shot once at Theodosia and Hamilton.

Then, just before 5 this morning, in the 4000 block of Kossuth, a man in his mid-70s was shot and injured. He is in serious, but stable condition. Police have not released the circumstances surrounding this latest shooting.

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