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Officer shoots suspected burglar in leg at Denny's

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV) -- A would be burglar was charged after breaking a window and threatening an officer at a Denny's restaurant in St. Louis.

Trip Powers, 39, was charged with 1st Degree Property Damage and Attempted Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Police were called to a Denny's restaurant in the 1500 block of Hampton Sunday morning to investigate a possible burglary.  According to police, witnesses stated Powers allegedly approached the restaurant attempting to get inside.  Restaurant employees informed the suspect the restaurant was closed.  Powers began hitting the windows and demanding entry.

Powers allegedly broke a window and was partially inside the restaurant when the first officer arrived.  Powers refused to comply with the officer and started walking toward the officer with his hands in his coat pockets.  The officer feared the suspect was reaching for a weapon, so he fired, striking Powers in the thigh.

Powers was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. 

No weapon was located on Powers and no officers were injured.  The officer, per standard department procedure, is on administrative leave.

Powers is held on a $100,000 bond.

 

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