ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Highway Patrol officials say a new system notifying the public when a police officer is injured or killed wasn’t used in a recent shooting of two St. Louis officers.

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The Post-Dispatch reports the “Blue Alert” law allowing the agency to inform the public of suspect descriptions took effect Aug. 28, nearly a week before the officers were shot and injured in downtown St. Louis.

A Highway Patrol spokesman says the agency told the St. Louis Police Department about the suspect and left it to their discretion to issue an alert.

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