ST. LOUIS, Missouri- St. Louis County police officers were met with gunfire arriving to a disturbance call. Up to a dozen gunshots may have been fired according to witnesses. Both the officer and subject are said to be in “bad shape.”
A second officer had engaged the shooter striking him.
The Post-Dispatch says the shooting happened about 5:15 a.m. in Green Park, said Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police. Green Park is a small city in south St. Louis County northwest of the South County Center mall.
Granda said both the officer and suspect were still alive but in critical condition. He described them both as being “in bad shape.”
Police were called to the area at 5:04 a.m. for a disturbance. Granda had no details about what kind of disturbance.
The officer radioed back that he had arrived on Arno Drive in Green Park, but nothing else. Granda said backup arrived within minutes.
Police aren’t looking for any additional suspects.
Granda said Police Chief Jon Belmar was at the hospital to talk to the officer’s family, and he would meet with reporters later. A news conference was planned for later in the morning at police headquarters in Clayton.
Nearly two dozen officers blanketed the scene of the shooting, near Arno and Guehring drives, Thursday morning.
Jack Buck III, the famous sports broadcaster’s grandson, lives around the corner and three houses up from the shooting scene. He said he was asleep at about 5:15 a.m. when he heard the shots.
“It was an exchange of pop-pop, pop-pop-pop,” he said.
Buck described Green Park as a small, middle-class community that was relatively free of crime until about a month ago. Last week, someone on a nearby street reported a burglary. And about four weeks ago, nearly every car on his street was broken into, he said.
Vicki Englund, a former state representative and a current member of the Lindbergh School Board, lives catty-corner to the shooting. She said the sounds woke her up. At first, it was a couple shots and she didn’t think much of it.
“You think it’s a car backfiring, what else could it be?”