ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two St. Louis police officers came under fire from an assault weapon Tuesday morning in north city.
Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole says it started about 11:20 a.m., as two uniformed members of his Special Ops team were working in an unmarked car in the 5900 block of Page.
They had been investigating a recent string of carjackings throughout the region. The officers, both with 9 years experience, spotted a Nissan Altima suspected of being involved in the carjackings.
A 21-year-old man jumped out of the Altima and opened fire with what’s being called an “AK-style” assault rifle.
One officer was struck by flying glass and had minor injuries.
The officers returned fire and struck the shooter several times — he’s now hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect’s weapon had recently been stolen in Jefferson County.
At least one other suspect remains at large.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
St. Louis police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at Hodiamont near Page.
The first calls for “officer in need of aid” came through about 11:30 this morning.
KMOX’s Kevin Killeen is on the scene. He reports one officer was shot after a high-speed chase that ended near Page and Hodiamont.
One suspect was caught, but another is still at large.
The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.