ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis police Thursday evening released more details about an officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis.
It happened a little after 4:30 Thursday afternoon on Maffitt near East Prairie Avenue. One suspect was shot, and no officers were shot in the incident.
St. Louis police chief Lawrence O’Toole said it began as a pursuit of a 2017 Ford Explorer that had been reported stolen in Bridgeton about three weeks ago.
He says once the stole SUV came to a stop in the 3800 block of Maffitt, two suspects jumped out and ran.
“One of the occupants was armed with a handgun,” O’Toole told reporters at police HQ. “He turned and flourished it at the officer. The officer, fearing for his life, fired several shots striking the individual in the upper torso.”
That suspect, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, is in stable but guard condition at a hospital.
No identities were immediately released.
At one point O’Toole was asked if the responding officers had any other options than to open fire on the gun-wielding suspect.
“Here’s one option — pull over and comply with the officer,” the chief responded. “That’s the best option.”
The second suspect is in custody.
No officers were shot during the incident.
One officer sustained a knee injury, and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
KMOX’s Brett Blume was on scene.
A crowd gathered along police tape outlining the scene – a large area that covers about four square blocks.
Many could be heard grumbling about yet another police-involved shooting within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
The Force Investigative Unit is investigating.
The officer who fired the shots — a 39-year-old man with 10 years of service — has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.