UPDATE: Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

3 months 1 day 5 hours ago Thursday, June 22 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:13:00 PM CDT June 22, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a black off-duty officer who heard a commotion near his home and tried to help fellow officers arrest three black suspects has been shot by a white officer who did not recognize him.

Police say the on-duty officers initially didn't recognize him and ordered him to the ground. Once they learned he was an officer, they told him to walk toward them.

A police statement says a white officer who had just arrived on the scene of a suspected crime Wednesday night saw the off-duty black officer walking toward other officers and shot the black officer in the arm "fearing for his safety."

Officers were following three suspects in a stolen car Wednesday night when shots were fired at police, prompting an exchange of gunfire.

The officer was treated at a hospital and released. A 17-year-old suspect was treated after being shot in the ankle. He and another 17-year-old suspect are jailed. The third suspect remains on the loose.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the latest information.)

 

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