(KMOV) – Police continue to search for a 23-year-old suspect who shot an off-duty police officer in north St. Louis Wednesday night.
According to St. Louis police, the officer, an 11- year veteran of the force, was shot in the calf by man in the 5900 block of Lalite. He was transported to the hospital, where he continues to recover. The St. Louis Police Department sent out a tweet the officer was conscious and breathing.
Authorities say the officer was at his sister's house when she asked him to help get two men to leave.
Police say one man, the shooting suspect, fled the residence and as the officer was escorting the other subject out, the suspect returned and opened fire on the officer.
Fearing for his safety, the officer returned fire and retreated into the home.
Both men then fled the scene.
SWAT set up a perimeter around the home where they believed the suspect lived. They could not find the suspect and the standoff ended early Thursday morning.
Witnesses told police they thought he may have been hiding in a home nearby. Officers barricaded part of the streets for hours but he was still not located.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson say they have identified the suspect, a known felon who has had plenty of run-ins with police before. They do not know if he was also shot.
Officers are now piecing together what exactly led up to the shooting.
“Now the investigation starts to try to identify anything that led up to the shooting,” said Dotson. “We do have the officer’s weapon, we do have another weapon, so our investigation here is just now beginning.”
Police say the officer remains in good spirits.