ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Two people are in custody after a St. Louis City police officer was shot while interrupting a burglary at his home in north St. Louis County on Thursday.
Montez Thomas, 18, and Christopher Gales, 18, are both charged with one count of assault, robbery, burglary and three counts of armed criminal action. Both men are being held on a $500,000 cash only bond.
Police said the officer, 45, was off-duty when he discovered the burglars at his house in the 700 block of Lookaway Drive near Riverview and Chambers. A source tells News 4's Diana Zoga that police zeroed in on a house near where the officer lives.
Police said a suspect fired at least one shot, striking the officer in the stomach.
According to hospital officials, the officer was taken to Christian Northeast Hospital. He was then transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to undergo emergency surgery. He is currently out of surgery and is recuperating, according to police.
Police said the officer was conscious and breathing when he arrived.
Sources said two adult men were taken into custody in relation to the shooting.
Authorities from St. Louis city, St. Louis County, Riverview and the Missouri Highway Patrol used K-9 units and a helicopter to help search for the two suspects Thursday afternoon. Police said one suspect was wearing a multi-colored shirt. The other was wearing dark clothing.
According to authorities, the victim, a 23-year veteran of the force, is assigned to the second district. Police said he’s married and has two children.
A large number of concerned colleagues gathered at Barnes-Jewish Hospital to offer support and get the latest on his condition.
“We ask everybody and are grateful to everybody who keeps the officer in their thoughts and prayers today and we hope that we will be able to tell you before the days out that we have some suspects and people that we’re looking for this shooting,” said Lt. Col. Paul Noccherio, who is acting as police chief while Dan Isom is out of town.
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