ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis police officer shot and critically wounded an armed suspect Tuesday afternoon after trying to pull over a vehicle that had been reported stolen, police said.
The injured 22-year-old man, who police say had pointed a gun at officers, was at a hospital in critical but stable condition. Another armed man who bailed out of the stolen car escaped, police said.
No officers were injured. The shooting was in the 5800 block of Theodosia Avenue near Goodfellow Boulevard, in the city’s Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.
St. Louis police had located a stolen 2015 Jeep at Martin Luther King Drive and were watching it Tuesday afternoon, according to Assistant Chief Lawrence O’Toole. The car had been reported stolen in University City on Friday.
About 1:30 p.m., two men got in the car, O’Toole said.
Police tried to stop the car, and at some point used spike strips to puncture the car’s tires, O’Toole said. The car hit a fire hydrant and stopped near Theodosia and Goodfellow. The two men bailed out of the car and ran, O’Toole said.
“The officers could clearly see they were armed,” O’Toole said. Police pursued the men to an alley south of Theodosia, where one of the men turned and pointed a handgun at officers, O’Toole said.
Officers ordered him to drop the weapon but he refused, the assistant chief said.
One officer fired twice at the gunman, hitting him at least once in the upper chest, O’Toole said. The suspect did not fire his weapon.
The other man escaped, but police said they had “strong leads” as to who the man is. They declined to give a description of the man.
The officer who fired at the suspect has been on the force for more than 10 years. The officer was placed on administrative leave, as is policy in officer-involved shootings.