(KMOV) – A 48-year-old man is recovering after being shot by a St. Louis police officer.
The incident happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Sunday in the 3100 block of North Jefferson Avenue.
According to St. Louis police, officers were in the area of North Jefferson and Sullivan when they stopped to talk to several people.
Police say the 48-year-old man ran from the officers and attempted to hide in a vacant building.
The officers entered the building and the suspect refused to come out. Instead, police say the man buried himself in a pile of plywood.
Police say as the suspect was coming out of the pile, he lunged toward one of the officers with what was believed to be a knife.
St. Louis police say the officer feared for her safety and the safety of the other officer and fired at the suspect. He was shot once in the arm.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in serious condition. He is expected to survive his injuries.
No officers were injured during the incident.
The officer who fired at the suspect is a 39-year-old woman who has been a police officer for nine years.
She has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
Police have not released the name of the suspect.