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