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Officer-involved shooting injures theft suspect in north St. Louis

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An officer-involved shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Ridge Monday An officer-involved shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Ridge Monday
An officer-involved shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Ridge Monday An officer-involved shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Ridge Monday

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A suspect suspected of car theft has been charged following a police chase and shootout that left the suspect injured.

Alfred Graves, 41, was charged with three counts of Assault 1st of a Law Enforcement Officer, three counts of Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest.

"Officers were responding to what was believed to be a stolen car," said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. "We were being contacted by OnStar about a vehicle that was parked in an alley."

The shooting occurred around noon in the 5000 block of Ridge, police said.

An officer with two years of experience approached the car and two suspects ran. The officer chased the suspects and called for back-up.

Chief Dotson said the chase went through alleys, by homes and vacant lots, all while the two suspects fired at police and three police officers returned fire. During the chase, the 41-year-old suspect turned towards the officers, pointed the firearm at them and pulled the trigger but the gun misfired, police said.

The suspect was struck in the arm, leg and face by gunfire from the officers. According to police, the suspect was urgently transported and is listed in stable condition.

Police said the suspect's firearm was recovered from the scene.

A tweet by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said no officers were injured during the incident.

When asked how many shots were fired by either the officers or the suspects, Chief Dotson said they are currently investigating to determine the number of shots fired.

"The alley is full of litter and debris and overgrowth. The vacant lot, where some of the activity occurred, has grass that is high, so we have had metal detectors going through, looking for shell casings," said Chief Dotson.

The name of the suspect has not been released, but the Chief said he believes it is the same suspect wanted on other arrest warrants and on suspicion of four armed robberies in the past month.

Per department policy, all three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

A second suspect, described only as a man in his 20s, is still on the run.

After the shooting, a group of approximately 25 people gathered near the scene and began protesting the shootings and killings of African-American men by police.

"Hey hey, ho ho, these racist cops have got to go," a crowd of demonstrators could be heard chanting.

Chief Dotson said he talked with some protesters on the scene and plans to continue the conversations with those who are upset.

Graves is currently confined to a hospital due to injuries sustained in the shooting. A judge issued a $500,000 cash-only bond for Graves.

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