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Updated at 3:07 p.m.

ST. LOUIS — A man was shot twice after police say he fired at two St. Louis police officers Thursday afternoon.

No officers were injured during the shooting at about 1 p.m. Thursday near the 4100 block of Shreve Avenue in the city's Penrose neighborhood, police said.

Police first encountered the man at about noon when officers with the city's Mobile Reserve Unit tried to pull him over for a traffic violation, said Chief John Hayden, who briefed reporters about the shooting at the scene. 

The driver then fled from police, but a police helicopter kept tabs on his location. Ultimately, the driver slowed in the 4100 block of Shreve Avenue, got out of his car and ran from officers who were trying to catch him there, Hayden said.

The man then turned and fired at least one shot at the officers, who then returned fire, striking him once in the hand and once in the arm. He has been arrested, Hayden said. Police found a pistol they believe the man fired at the officers, Hayden said, and the man is in stable condition at a hospital.

Khalil Thomas lives near the area and had just returned home during her lunch break when she said she saw a man running from police as they shouted at him to stop. She said he then turned and fired at the officers, who then returned fire.

"As he was laying on the ground, hollering and screaming, the ambulance got him and he said, 'Yeah they shot me three times, but they couldn't kill me,'" she said. 

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He then cursed at EMS workers and police officers as they tried to help load him into the ambulance, she said.

She said the officers' actions were justified because, "You don't shoot at anyone especially police officers."

The officers involved in Thursday's shooting are both veterans. One is 31 years old with five years on the force. The other is 35 years old with eight years on the force, Hayden said.

Officer-involved shootings in the St. Louis area during 2019

These are the incidents of police officer shootings in the St. Louis area during 2019.

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