ST. LOUIS, Mo. – One suspect has been charged in connection to the shooting that injured a police sergeant Tuesday morning in the Central West End, authorities said.
The 39-year-old sergeant was working department-approved secondary in the area of North Euclid and Maryland when the shooting occurred just before 5 a.m.
The sergeant was in his full uniform and personal vehicle when he saw two individuals walking down the street. Chief Dotson said the sergeant did not bother the individuals but saw them walking in the area a short time later with a third person, he monitored them again and did not exit his vehicle.
Shortly after the individuals walked past a second time, the sergeant observed the suspect vehicle approach him with four people inside, including the three he saw walking in the area earlier. The suspect vehicle pulled directly in front of the sergeant’s vehicle and one of the passengers exited the front side, with a bandana over his face, and began firing shots at the sergeant, who was still inside his vehicle, Chief Dotson said.
After the suspect fired shots, the sergeant returned fire. The sergeant told authorities he believes one of the suspects may have been struck by his gunshots.
The suspect vehicle began leaving the scene and the suspect who fired the shots ran on foot. While in his vehicle, the sergeant followed the suspect that was running on foot but lost him after he entered a parking garage on York, Chief Dotson said.
“They targeted, they ambushed, they tried to assassinate a police officer,” Chief Dotson said.
After losing the suspect, the sergeant returned to the shooting scene where he tried, unsuccessfully, to locate the suspect vehicle.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the officer, who was shot one time in the torso, was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the shooting.
At the hospital with an officer who was shot by a suspect. His ballistic vest did its job tonight. We have a lot to be thankful for.
The sergeant described the suspect vehicle as a silver or gray newer-model Ford Taurus or Ford Focus. The suspects' car was found parked at an apartment complex at the intersection of Selber and Goodfellow Tuesday afternoon. It is currently being examined for evidence.
According to police, a man who claimed he was shot at the complex where the car was found showed up at a local hospital around 11:30 Tuesday morning. Police are looking at the circumstances between the man who was shot and the car but are not connecting the two yet.
The suspect is described as a man with some facial hair, a thin build and a medium complexion. Chief Dotson said he is between the ages of 18 and 22 and between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8.
Authorities are currently investigating what level of involvement the suspect may have played in the shooting. Three more suspects remain at-large, according to police.
Chief Dotson said there are a lot of cameras in the area and they are currently working to obtain the footage.
Several businesses, including Bissinger's Chocolates and AG St. Louis, had their windows broken due to bullets.
Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting and may have seen something is asked to contact police.
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