Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vests

9 months 1 week 11 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 12:28:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press
Courtesy KSDK

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man is charged in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.

Two counts each of assault and armed criminal action were announced Friday against Jason Cook.

Officers from the town of Bellefontaine Neighbors tried to arrest Cook Thursday following a report of gunshots fired the night before. The officers were shot in their chests. The bullets struck their bulletproof vests. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a home for more than seven hours. Officers stormed the house and found Cook had been shot but it isn't clear if he was shot by a Bellefontaine Neighbors officer or during an exchange of gunfire with police during the standoff. He is expected to survive.

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