Off-duty officer wounded in police shooting outside home

Trevor Jackson
June 25, 2017

An off-duty St. Louis cop was accidentally shot by a colleague as a gun battle raged nearby between police and a band of suspected vehicle thieves.

It is reported that the seven officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave which is department policy. Fox reports that the white officer told investigators he fired at his colleague because he "feared for his safety".

A black off-duty police officer was wounded after being shot when he stepped outside of his home to assist in response to a stolen vehicle crashing in his neighborhood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

The 38-year-old officer, an 11-year department veteran, was initially stopped by two uniformed St. Louis cops and ordered to the ground.

The shooting came days after protests swept Minnesota over the acquittal of a police officer who shot a black man dead in front of his girlfriend and daughter in an incident broadcast on Facebook Live.

Acting police commissioner Lawrence O'Toole revealed that the officers were chasing a carjacked vehicle when three suspects inside started attacking the officers with their guns on Wednesday night.

However, the auto crashed at an intersection and the three suspects inside the auto fled the vehicle.

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Two of the suspects, both 17-year-old black boys, were arrested at the scene and had their guns seized, while a third escaped and remains at large. The off-duty officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The cop later told police that he shot the officer because he "feared for his safety". The third suspect has yet to be apprehended.

The takeaway from all this should be that if you're Black, it's best to stay low when police are attempting to do their jobs, even when you're helping out. "So we have a real problem with that", Rufus Tate Jr. wrote.

'This has been a national discussion for the past two years'. Suspects shot at the police officers after the vehicle was stopped with spike strips and the off-duty officer, an 11-year department veteran who lives nearby, came out with his firearm to offer assistance, according to the statement. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared", Tate says.

It is not yet known who shot the officer.

Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show such accidental police-on-police shootings occur at a low rate given the tense, confusing circumstances officers routinely face.

But the department later confirmed the frustrating circumstances leading to the officer's injury.

One suspect, a 17-year-old male, was shot in the ankle.

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