Off-duty officer, teen suspect injured in shooting; another susp

Posted June 25, 2017

Authorities say an off-duty police officer has been shot in the arm and a suspect in the ankle in an exchange of gunfire in St. Louis.

The African American officer, who has not yet been identified, came outside of his home while off-duty after hearing the commotion from a auto chase that ended nearby. Fox reports that the white officer told investigators he fired at his colleague because he "feared for his safety".

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole originally told reporters that the off-duty officer had come out of his home after a auto that was reported stolen crashed nearby, and that he was hit in the crossfire between officers and the suspects who had been inside the vehicle. The department says that the officer who allegedly shot him is 36 years old with over eight years of service. Three people in the vehicle reportedly fired shots at officers after the authorities used spike strips to stop the auto.

However, the auto crashed at an intersection and the three suspects inside the auto fled the vehicle.

Three plainclothes officers on routine patrol arrived at the scene and yelled for the two to stop, police said. He was taken to the hospital and listed as stable but was released Thursday morning. St. Louis Police Department did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment. A third remains at large. A local Fox affiliate's report says the officer who fired his gun was white and the officer who was hit is black. So we have a real problem with that.

The takeaway from all this should be that if you're Black, it's best to stay low when police are attempting to do their jobs, even when you're helping out. But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. Footage showed that Castile, a black man, also complied with the officer's orders before being shot and killed. He had just finished his shift, and had his service weapon out, chasing a man who had broken into his vehicle, police said.

The off-duty officer was wounded when he came out of his house to help.

A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade to the city's airport.

Police on the scene told the off-duty officer to get on the ground and surrender.

But the department later confirmed the frustrating circumstances leading to the officer's injury.