(KMOV.com) -- A man was in the hospital after being shot twice by a police officer in south St. Louis Sunday afternoon.
Police said an officer was patrolling the area of Gravois and Germania around 4:20 p.m. when he saw two men he recognized from past encounters. One of the men ran and the officer chased him.
Authorities said the officer then told the man to stop running and attempted to use a stun gun, but that didn’t work.
“The officer is running and the man is running. It’s a short distance,” said Captain Michael Sack, “It’s hard to hit a running target with a Taser, because the barbs spread when it deployed.”
Authorities said the man started to reach for his waist and the officer became fearful he had a gun. The officer fired multiple times, hitting the suspect twice.
Police on the scene said the man did not have a weapon.
The second person stayed at the scene and was detained and questioned by police.
The officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.