White police officer shoots off-duty black officer in St Louis

White police officer shoots off-duty black officer in St Louis

White police officer shoots off-duty black officer in St Louis

A black St. Louis police officer, who was off duty when he heard a commotion near his home and tried to help fellow officers arrest three black suspects, was shot by a white officer who did not recognize him, police said.

Acting police chief Lawrence O'Toole said officers were pursuing stolen auto when three suspects inside opened fire on Wednesday night. Officers pursued the vehicle, a white sedan, and used spike strips at one point.

To add to the confusion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the shooting victim was initially described to reporters by Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole as an off-duty police officer who had been caught in the cross-fire between the fleeing stolen auto suspects and pursuing St. Louis officers.

"We have a police officer standing in his own yard, who hears the commotion from the vehicle crash on the block, comes out, and has a conversation with some of the officers on the scene who are pursuing the stolen auto - and he winds up getting shot!"

The department's summary of the incident said the uniformed officer who shot at his counterpart feared for his safety when he did not immediately recognize the off-duty cop, despite the fact that the officer had already identified himself and was complying with the two other officers at the scene during the time of the shooting.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital and has since been released.

The shooter cop, whose name has been withheld, is described as 36 years old and an 8-year department veteran. Officers were following three suspects in a stolen vehicle Wednesday night when shots were fired at police, prompting an exchange of gunfire.

The Black off-duty officer then approached his fellow officers, as another police vehicle came speeding into the neighborhood and stopped at the scene.

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A suspect was hit in the ankle.

There are no details on whether the on-duty officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Louis police officer is recovering Thursday morning after he was struck by gunfire Wednesday night (June 21).

Police said they are continuing to investigate. He and another 17-year-old suspect are jailed.

Two men aged 17 have since been charged with dozens of felonies, including first-degree assault, armed criminal action and motor vehicle tampering.

A third person who had been in the stolen auto escaped.

No word on why the officer showed up to the scene and immediately pegged his colleague as a suspect, opening fire, but we have a pretty good idea.

"It's always a touch-and-go situation", she mused.

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