Officer shoots suspect during chase in St. Louis


by Sarah Heath and Evita Caldwell KMOV Staff | @sheath12

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 6:47 AM

3 arrested, 1 injured after officer-involved shooting near Fairground Park

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(KMOV) -- One person was transported to an area hospital and three others were arrested following an officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis Thursday evening.

According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police, a woman was walking through Fairground Park around 9 p.m. when four men approached her.

The woman told officers she called police after hearing gunshots she believed came from the suspects.

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Authorities say when police arrived on the scene located the group of men near Sacramento and Fair avenues just across from the park. Police took three of the suspects into custody without incident. They were later released.

A fourth suspect fled on foot and an officer gave chase. The suspect at one point reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun.

Police say the officer feared for his safety and opened fire, striking the suspect in the leg. Police recovered a gun at the scene a short time later.

The injured suspect was transported to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition. No officers were injured.

St. Louis police Lt. John Green told News 4 he is grateful the woman was brave enough to contact authorities.

"I'm very grateful that she did call the police because a lot of times we don't get cooperation from the community on situations like this," he said. "If it had been somebody else, they may have walked home and never called police, so we're very grateful that she called."

The investigation is ongoing.