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Man charged with shooting St. Louis officer, stabbing resident

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(KMOV) -- A St. Louis police officer was shot Tuesday morning while responding to a call in north St. Louis.
St. Louis Police Dan Chief Isom says the shooting happened around 1:00 a.m. in the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue.
Isom says police were called to the home where Vernon Lamont Collins, 34, was attempting to enter a home.
When the officer arrived he found the 52-year-old resident of the home outside and injured. The resident had been stabbed multiple times and is in critical condition.
Collins was reportedly inside the house and began to flee once the officer arrived.
Authorities say the officer wrestled Collins to the ground, but he was able to grab the officer’s gun and shoot him. The officer used his radio to call for help and Collins got away.
Emergency crews rushed the officer to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he was treated for graze wounds to the stomach and leg. He has since been released. The officer is 30-years-old and has been on the St. Louis police for almost two years.
Collins was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident at Norwood Court and Norwood Drive. He was found with the officer's weapon.
Collins has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, disarming an officer and resisting arrest. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

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