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Union police shoot woman who refused to drop crossbow, authorities say

Union police shoot woman who refused to drop crossbow, authorities say


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.

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.

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