ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper involved in a shootout with an alleged bank robber Friday near New Melle is going to be okay.

Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum told KMOX, the 26-year-old’s bullet proof vest saved his life.

“I think he’s going to be fine, maybe a little bruised up, a little shaken up,” he said.

The trooper, whose name has not been released, was shot in the chest during an exchange with the 64-year-old suspect. The trooper shot that suspect once in the lower extremities. His condition is unknown.

Nothum said the gun battle erupted on Highway F after the trooper pulled over a car similar to one involved in a bank robbery.

Authorites have seized evidence indicating the suspect was the bank robber they were looking for.

Around 9:30 a.m. Friday officials say an armed man walked into the First Bank in Dutzow, showed the teller a note and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.


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