ST. LOUIS • A shop owner and an off-duty St. Louis police officer exchanged gunfire over the weekend with two armed men who broke into a jewelry store.
Police were called just after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to a hold up at Robinson Jewelry Co., 6497 Chippewa Street. The two men had entered the first set of doors to the shop, which is at the corner of Chippewa and Watson Road. One was armed with an assault-style rifle; the other had a handgun.
But the second set of entry doors were locked, and when one of the men kicked in the glass, the shop’s owner and the off-duty officer, who were inside the store and armed, fired at the men.
The men fled, with at least one firing shots into the business as he retreated. The second jumped into a gray sedan and picked up the other several yards away. Neither the officer nor the shop owner was injured.
Police didn’t know if either of the would-be robbers were struck by gunfire.
The department’s Force Investigation Unit is investigating.
Police did not release the name of the officer or shop owner. A salesman at the shop on Tuesday said the owner was not available to talk.