Rookie St. Louis Officer Shot, Wounded, in Confrontation With Armed Suspect

A rookie St. Louis Metropolitan police officer was shot and wounded in an armed confrontation with a suspect on Sunday evening. 

The officer, who graduated from the police academy in October, witnessed the suspect take off running upon seeing his patrol vehicle.

As the officer began to pursue the suspect, he noticed that the man was armed. 

When he caught up with the man a struggle ensued over the suspect's gun. The suspect fired his weapon at the officer, striking him in the shoulder. 

The suspect continued to flee on foot but was eventually taken into custody by the injured officer and a district sergeant. 

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said, "Whether you’re a 30-year officer or an officer who graduated from our academy last month, when you go out on the street, you could encounter an armed individual who is willing to use a gun against police officers and that’s what we saw tonight."


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