Two St. Louis Police Officers Shot, Suspect is Barricaded
ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis City police officers responding to a shooting call were shot Saturday afternoon in South City and one of them is in “very” critical condition.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said officers were responding to a shooting call in the 3700 block of Hartford Street just before 6 p.m. just south of Tower Grove Park.
While they were looking for a victim and a suspect, they heard gunfire and a 29-year-old officer was shot in the head and is in “very” critical condition, Hayden said. The gunman then shot another officer in the leg as he and others were going to assist the first officer.
Both officers were rushed to hospitals, one to St. Louis University Hospital and the other to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
“These officers, all they’re trying to do is their job and try to help a person who’s wounded and they come under fire themselves,” Hayden said. “The officer who’s most critically injured, pray for him.”
Hayden said the suspect ordered a couple out of their home and remains barricaded inside. Investigators continue to negotiate with the gunman.
The officer shot in the head has 3.5 years of experience on the force. The second officer, also around the same age, has one year of experience.
Hayden said eight officers have been shot in the line of duty since early June in the city.
“Our officers have been going through a lot this summer,” Hayden said to reporters outside St. Louis University Hospital. “We’ve had a surge in violence.”
The shooting happened the same day widow of retired Police Captain David Dorn led a march in the city calling for peace and healing. Dorn was shot and left to die outside a pawn shop in early June by violent looters.
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