(KMOV.com) -- A suspect has been charged with shooting two police officers during a shootout Wednesday night in north St. Louis.
Rico Martin, 44, was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm and felony possession of a controlled substance.
According to police, the incident happened around 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Elias Avenue near Halls Ferry Road when the two officers responded to a house panic alarm.
Police said when the officers arrived on the scene, they knocked on the front door of the home, but no one answered.
That’s when they saw smoke coming from a chimney. As the officers were walking around the back of the house, Martin emerged from the basement door and opened fire on the officers.
Authorities say the officers never had a chance to speak to the suspect.
The officers and Martin exchanged gunfire, with all three sustaining gunshot wounds.
Both officers, one male and one female, were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The female officer was shot in the foot. She has been an officer for six years. The male officer, shot in the upper thigh, has been on the force for two.
According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson, both officers were talking and in good spirits as of midnight.
Marin, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the shooting, was listed in critical condition at Saint Louis University Hospital.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicated Martin may have set off his own alarm. A loaded semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene.