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St. Louis police officer critical after shooting near Central West End

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(KMOV) -- A man is facing charges after allegedly shooting two St. Louis police officers.

The shooting happened on Wednesday just after 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of Enright and Bayard near the Central West End.

Kim Dwayne Cobb, Jr., 20, has been charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting.

Police say the incident began when the officers pulled over a car. The car reportedly did not have its headlights on. A woman was driving the car and Cobb was in the passenger seat. Cobb was asked to step out of the car and one of the officers began to pat him down.

During the pat down, police say Cobb pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing shots.

The officer who was performing the pat down was shot in the neck and elbow the officer fell to the ground. He was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital and went immediately into surgery to repair artery damaged caused by the gunshot wound to the neck. The officer also suffered a wound to the back. Authorities believe that was an exit wound from the bullet that went in through his neck. The officer remains in critical condition. Police tell News 4 that Lucas Roethlisberger is a 25-year-old officer who had been on the force for two years.

Roethlisberger was a former track star for St. Louis University.  While at SLU, he worked for campus public safety. 

Police say Cobb took off running and continued to fire shots. One of those shots hit the second officer in the thigh. He was treated and released from the hospital.

The second officer was able to return fire and shot Cobb in the back. Cobb continued to run even after being shot. Police tracked him down and arrested him at Marcus and McMillan Avenues.

Police tell News 4 that the second officer is 27-years-old Luke Kallal who has been on the force for 2 1/2 years.

The female driver was taken into police custody. Police do not believe she was involved in the shooting.

News 4 is told that Cobb was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Police say that evidence from the scene indicates that Cobb fired at least eight times and the officer fired at least 11 times.

Cobb's weapon has not yet been located.

A judge has set bond at $500,000 cash-only.


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