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Two Franklin County deputies injured in shootout

Two Franklin County deputies injured in shootout

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UPDATED at noon Monday with names and conditions of the two deputies.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Two deputies were shot Saturday evening after trying to make a traffic stop near Interstate 44 and Highway 50.

At about 9:45 p.m., a Franklin County deputy attempted to stop a 2007 Honda CRV. The driver refused to stop and fled east along Highway AT, officers said.

The suspect pulled in a business parking lot near the Highway 100 and Interstate 44. As two deputies in separate vehicles pulled onto the parking lot, the driver got out and started shooting into the deputies' cars.

One deputy was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the arm and the shoulder. 

They returned fire, hitting the suspect, whose medical condition was not released.

The deputies were sent to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Sheriff Steve Pelton on Monday identified the deputies as Sgt. Jason Weggemann, a 19-year veteran officer, and Deputy Burgess, an officer for nine years. Weggemann was released from the hospital on Sunday; Burgess remained hospitalized Monday and was expected to be released in a few days, the sheriff said.

The Missouri State Division of Drug and Crime Control was asked to investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure for the sheriff's department. 

Kim Bell of the Post-Dispatch staff contributed to this report.

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