ARNOLD, Mo. (KMOX) – The Arnold Police Officer who was shot in the head is out of surgery and in sable condition at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. He was in surgery for multiple hours Tuesday afternoon after being shot by a suspect inside his vehicle at the Arnold Police Station.

Officer Ryan O’Conner, 44, was transporting 29-year-old burglary suspect Chad Klahs in the back of his SUV police vehicle. Police confiscated one gun from Klahs at the time of his arrest and had him handcuffed, but he apparently had another gun in his possession which he used to shoot O’Conner in the back of the head.

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Chad R. Klahs (Jefferson City Correctional Office)

Klahs also sustained a gunshot wound, that was believed to be self-inflicted and he died from his injuries.

UPDATE: Arnold Police Officer In ‘Stable’ Condition After Being Shot In The Head

O’Connoer, has been identified as a 20-year veteran of law enforcement. He has been with the Arnold Police Department for three years and before that served in Ferguson and St. Louis County.

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