St. Louis police evaluates training after officer wounded

2 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Monday, July 24 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 2:33:25 PM CDT July 24, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department is looking at whether more training is necessary after an off-duty officer was wounded by "friendly fire" from a fellow officer looking for suspects.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the department is forming a committee to decide how to best train officers for such encounters.

Police said they were chasing suspects inside a stolen car when it crashed June 21. The off-duty officer came out of his home after hearing the crash when an officer just arriving at the scene allegedly shot him in the elbow, thinking he was a suspect.

Interim Chief Lawrence O'Toole said an investigation is ongoing.

There are no national standards on how off-duty officers should take action and uniformed officers should conduct themselves when confronted by off-duty counterparts.

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