UNION, Mo. — A 32-year-old woman was shot by a Union police officer early Thursday when she refused to drop a crossbow that she had pointed at the officer, authorities said.
Union police Capt. Richard A. Neace said the woman was taken to a hospital after the shooting. Her condition was not immediately available.
Neace and Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley said they didn't know if the woman's injuries were life-threatening. The highway patrol is investigating the shooting.
Neace, who's the assistant police chief in Union, said the shooting occurred in the 100 block of Rock Island Drive, just north of Highway 50 in Franklin County.
Union officers went to Rock Island Drive when someone reported a suspicious woman with a weapon at 1:47 a.m. Thursday. Police were told the woman was threatening to "shoot the first person she sees," Neace said in a statement.
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The woman "displayed a crossbow at an officer," Neace said, and officers ordered her to drop it. She refused and one officer shot her.
Wheetley said three officers were at the scene.
Police did not say how many times she was shot or where on her body she was struck. Neace said police treated the woman for her injuries until paramedics arrived.
Authorities did not release the name of the woman or the officer. No officers were hurt in the confrontation.
Shootings by law enforcement officers in the St. Louis area in 2021
Here is a list of Post-Dispatch news articles about police shootings in the St. Louis area in 2021.
A man died Friday morning after exchanging gunfire with police in an apartment building in the city’s DeBaliviere Place neighborhood.
An off-duty Northwoods police officer working security shot and critically injured a man who fired at a crowd of people, including the officer…
The shooting happened on the parking lot of a gas station in the 15000 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway in Wentzville.
A Castle Point man who is accused of strangling his girlfriend and raising a gun toward St. Louis County police before an officer fired shots …
Two De Soto officers fired at the man when he emerged from a home with a firearm and started shooting, Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said.
Officers from Red Bud, Illinois, began pursuing Timothy J. Snyder, 27, of St. Charles at 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Kody Waters, 31, of Dewey, Okla., was killed. Police said they are unsure whether the officer’s gunshots or shots from Waters’ own gun caused …
The man was identified as James A. Iler, 47, of Brighton.
The man who was shot was in a car that appeared to be following a trooper trying to stop another vehicle. The following car hit the trooper's …
The man was taken to a hospital; police near the 900 block of Lebanon Drive heard gunfire just before the shooting.
These are the incidents of police officer shootings in the St. Louis area during 2019.