ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis police detective who was shot this morning was fired on by someone in his personal vehicle, which he had loaned to a family member several days ago.
Investigators say the car was spotted by another officer at Alberta and South Grand. After the officer who owned the car began following the vehicle, it stopped at Iowa and Miami. Two suspects got out and opened fire. The officer did not return fire. The suspects ran off.
The officer, a 54-year-old who has been on the force 25 years, is in stable condition with a shoulder wound.
Police tell us the family member who borrowed the vehicle is not a suspect.
Our earlier story:
A St. Louis police detective is recovering after being shot overnight in South St. Louis.
Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole says the 25-year-veteran of the department was shot in the shoulder while investigating a stolen vehicle at Jefferson and Cherokee.
“He did not fire any shots. He did not shoot his weapon at all,” O’Toole says.
O’Toole did not release any information on the suspect; he says it’s a very active investigation.
The detective is in stable condition.