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Raw: Officer shot during home invasion in north St. Louis County

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An off-duty officer was taken to Christian Northeast Hospital after being shot in the stomach during a home invasion in north St. Louis County. By KMOV Web Producer An off-duty officer was taken to Christian Northeast Hospital after being shot in the stomach during a home invasion in north St. Louis County. By KMOV Web Producer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis City police officer is in the hospital after he was shot while apparently interrupting a burglary at his home in north St. Louis County on Thursday.

Police said the officer, 45, was off-duty when he discovered the home invasion at his house in the 700 block of Lookaway Drive near Riverview and Chambers.

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.

Police said the officer was conscious and breathing when he arrived.

Authorities from St. Louis city, St. Louis County, Riverview and the Missouri Highway Patrol were using K-9 units and a helicopter to help search for two suspects. Police said one suspect was wearing a multi-colored shirt. The other was wearing dark clothing.

At least one man was in police custody, but authorities said he was not a suspect.

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’s acting as police chief while Dan Isom is out of town.

Police said the victim is currently stable.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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