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Officers fired at suspects after gun was pointed in their direction, police say

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Authorities are searching for four suspects who were involved in an officer-involved shooting, and a chase that started in St. Louis City but ended in St. Louis County.

Police said a person accidentally shot himself while exchanging fire with suspects who were in a stolen black 2003 Mercedes Benz near the intersection of 19th and Warren in north St. Louis around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

A short time later, officers with the St. Louis Police Department spotted the Mercedes, which then led them on a chase through Jennings.

The suspects got out of the car in the 5700 block of Hamilton and led police on a foot chase.

During the foot pursuit, at least one of the suspects, authorities said, pointed a gun at police, at which time the officers fired their department issued weapons because they feared for their safety. Officers believe one suspect may have been hit by the gunfire.

Police found an assault weapon in the Mercedes and a stolen handgun was recovered from behind a nearby house.

According to police, the Mercedes was reported stolen in August.

A two block area was sealed off while crews searched for the suspects.

No officers were injured during the incident.

All four officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

No suspect descriptions have been released. 

The Force Investigative Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.

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