ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  St. Louis police say a man was accidentally shot as he struggled with an officer Wednesday afternoon.

It happened at 4 p.m. when a man tried to flee from a traffic stop in the 3800 block of Meramec.

The officer pursued and as he caught the motorist, the two fell to the ground causing the officer’s gun to go off.

The 31-year-old suspect was struck in the back and is hospitalized in serious condition.

The 27-year-old officer with three years experience on the force has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation


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