New St. Louis officer injured after struggle, shooting

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 23 2015 Nov 23, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015 11:01:00 PM CST November 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new St. Louis police officer has been injured during a struggle with an armed man.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the 24-year-old probationary officer was patrolling with a sergeant in a marked car around 9:45 p.m. Sunday when they saw a man acting suspiciously.

The man ran, and officers chased him through an alley. As the officer and the man struggled, the man fired a gun, which struck the officer. The officer then drew his own weapon and fired three times. The man wasn't hit.

Authorities said 23-year-old Walter Saddler of St. Louis was arrested and faces multiple charges in the shooting, including assault on a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $300,000. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The officer was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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