The Latest: Man in custody after police shooting, standoff

6 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:17:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press
Photo courtesy: KSDK
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) -  The Latest on the shooting of two St. Louis-area police officers saved by their bulletproof vests (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

A man accused of shooting two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests is hospitalized with a gunshot wound of his own after a lengthy standoff with police.

St. Louis County police say the 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, more than 7 ½ hours after the initial shooting. Police say he's expected to survive.

Two officers from the town of Bellefontaine Neighbors tried to arrest the man around 7:15 a.m. following a report of gunshots the night before. The officers were shot in their torsos. The bullets struck their bulletproof vests. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

After the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside a home. Police say that at one point the man opened a door and fired a gun, prompting an officer to return fire.

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3:20 p.m.

A man accused of shooting two suburban St. Louis police officers who were both saved by their bulletproof vests, is in custody after a lengthy standoff.

St. Louis County police say the 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, more than 7 ½ hours after the shooting. He has been taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Police say he is expected to survive but did not provide any additional information.

Two officers from the town of Bellefontaine Neighbors tried to arrest the man around 7:15 a.m. following a report of gunshots the night before. The officers were shot in their torsos, but the bullets struck their bulletproof vests. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

After the shooting, the suspect ran about a block to a home and barricaded himself inside, leading to a long standoff. Police say one of the officers had returned fire but it was unclear if the suspect was hit.

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2:10 p.m.

Two suburban St. Louis police officers who were shot in their torsos but saved by their bulletproof vests have been released from a hospital.

The 44-year-old male officer and the 25-year-old female officer were shot Thursday morning while trying to arrest a man in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

One officer returned fire as the man ran to a home about a block away. The suspect barricaded himself inside the home.

It's unclear whether the suspect was injured. Police have surrounded the home and are trying to convince the man to surrender. Police believe the man is armed.

The officers are with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department. Authorities say both officers were taken to a hospital for bruising and evaluation of internal injuries. Both were released by midday.

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9:30 a.m.

Two St. Louis-area police officers have been shot in the chest, but bulletproof vests apparently saved both from serious injury.

The shooting happened before 8 a.m. Thursday in the St. Louis County town of Bellefontaine Neighbors. The gunman barricaded himself inside a home amid a heavy police presence. Officers are trying to negotiate his surrender.

Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both officers are going to be OK. He says one is a male sergeant, the other a female patrol officer. Both were conscious and talking after the shooting.

Doerr did not have details about what led to the shooting.

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