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LADUE • A police officer shot and critically injured a woman suspected of shoplifting Tuesday at the Ladue Crossing Shopping Center.

Police were called about 3 p.m. about a disturbance involving two shoplifting suspects at the Schnucks grocery, at 8867 Ladue Road near Interstate 170. 

One of the suspects, a woman, 33, was in the parking lot of the shopping center and told a Ladue police officer she had been injured in an altercation in the store. The officer called for medical assistance.

Shortly after calling for assistance, the officer tried to arrest the suspect, who resisted, according to police. Police said there was a struggle, and the officer fired her weapon. The suspect was shot once in the torso.

The woman was taken to a hospital. Officials say she is expected to survive.

Police say they didn't know where the male suspect was. He had not been arrested, as of late Tuesday night.

“Please also note that those most involved with this, we’re still working on talking with them,” St. Louis County Sgt. Benjamin Granda said.

“We’re also working with a significant scene. We’re in a very busy shopping plaza; we have a lot of potential witnesses to talk to."

The Ladue officer involved in the shooting is a woman, 37, with 13 years’ experience with the department. She is on paid administrative leave as police investigate the shooting, said Ladue Police Chief Ken Andreski.

“This is the first known officer-involved shooting in the city of Ladue. We will monitor the condition of the involved party, and we will pray for her full recovery,” Andreski said, in a statement.

St. Louis County police are helping Ladue police with the investigation. The investigation is “fluid” and could take weeks, Granda said.

Yellow crime-scene tape stretched across much of the south end of the parking lot. Balloons in the cordoned-off area were considered evidence.

Schnucks staff confirmed that the store called police Tuesday afternoon about a shoplifting incident. Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477 to leave tips anonymously.

At another Ladue Schnucks store in March 2017, a woman was shot and critically injured by her estranged husband as she showed up for work before 5 a.m. That Schnucks is at 10275 Clayton Road, about four miles from the scene of Tuesday's shooting.

In the 2017 shooting, police say the estranged husband, Michael Hutson, had rental a minivan a few days earlier, then parked on the Schnucks lot and waited for his wife to show up. He shot her twice when she got out of her car. A Ladue police officer on patrol heard the gunshots and raced to the parking lot, where he was credited with helping save the woman's life and spotting the getaway vehicle.

After the shooting, Hutson sped off and later pulled off the highway into a residential area of Richmond Heights, where he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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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.

Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.