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East St. Louis officer improving after being shot in face; gunman in custody

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(KMOV) -- A suspect who shot East St. Louis Officer Michael Baxton Jr. was taken into custody on Sunday.

Baxton, 26, is the son of the former East St. Louis Police Chief Baxton Sr. He is in satisfactory condition after being shot in the face on 14th and Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis Sunday afternoon, while he and U.S. Marshals were searching for a suspect.

Police intially said they had the suspect surrounded in an apartment complex and were working with SWAT to apprehend the gunman.

The suspect, Cortez Gillum, was caught and taken into custody at 11:20 p.m., Sunday, by the US Marshal's and Illinois State Police. He was allegedly in an East St. Louis apartment in the Rukavina Building, on the 2900 block of Waverly. 

Gillum, 37, is being held on $1.5 million bond for four counts ranging from unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon to attempted murder.  Gillum is a convicted murderer who walked away from a bureau of prisons facility in Farmington, Missouri.

Baxton struggled to take Gillum into custody before he pulled out a pistol and shot the officer in the face.  Police say surveillance video caught the incident on tape.

Baxton was rushed to an area hospital for surgery.  Illinois State Police says Baxton was talking and alert in the hospital.

Officials say the bullet went in through the cheek and came back out near the ear on the same side of his face.

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