ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Authorities were investigating after a suspect was shot after a traffic stop in south St. Louis Wednesday afternoon.
Police said two officers in a marked police car pulled over a white Chevy Impala at the intersection of 38th and Meramec around 4 p.m.. The vehicle matched the description of a car in a report of someone impersonating police.
According to police, the driver, 30, ran from the car and the officer followed on foot.
Police said the officer caught up to the suspect and the two got into a brief struggle. During the struggle, the officer's gun went off, striking the suspect in the side.
Floyd Tennsley and his daughter Jessica heard the shot outside their apartment. By the time they looked out, the officer had the suspect in handcuffs.
"I heard a pop and i thought it was a car backfiring," said Tennsley. "He was complaining about being on the ground he was saying the ground was hot and that he mentioned something about someone call his mother."
The suspect was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say the officer had his gun drawn becuase he suspect appeared to be carrying a weapon.
"The suspect, immediately leaving the vehicle, grabbing his side, which is consistent with what a lot of guys do when you’ve got a firearm thats not secured in a holster it’ll fall out of your waistband.," said Police Captain Michael Sack. "So when he did that that was an indication to the officer that the suspect might be armed. So he drew his weapon as soon as he got out of the car," he added.
Meanwhile, a woman who was in the passenger seat of the Impala slid over and drove the vehicle away. Officers apprehended her nearby and took her in for questioning.
Police say they recovered two guns at the scene, but it was not known if they were on the suspect or inside the vehicle.
Authorities aren’t disclosing any more information about that intial report that someone was impersonating police.