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Dotson: Man agitated over traffic tickets attempts to stab officer

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An officer-involved shooting took place in the Central West End Thursday (Credit: Lauren Pozen, News 4) An officer-involved shooting took place in the Central West End Thursday (Credit: Lauren Pozen, News 4)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A suspect sustained a gunshot wound during an officer-involved shooting in the Central West End Thursday that started with a traffic stop, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly before noon in the area of McPherson Avenue and North Kingshighway.

Chief of Police Sam Dotson said the 22-year-old suspect was pulled over after running a red light. The driver was issued two citations and became agitated. After the tickets were written and the officer left the scene, the suspect pulled up behind the officer's car and started yelling. 

The officer got out of his car and attempted to take the suspect into custody. The suspect then went back to his vehicle, obtained a knife from the glove box and attempted to stab the officer, but the folding knife was not open. While doing so, police said the suspect grabbed the officer, and the officer could not free himself. The officer then fired one shot, shooting the man in the arm.

"The police officer tells us the individual used his right hand to reach in the glove box. The officer is uncertain if it is going to be a weapon. The individual pulls out a knife," Chief Dotson said. 

St. Louis Alderman Jeffery Boyd was near the shooting when it happened. "I was in the checkout counter when I heard a gun shot go off and I went to the window and a young man was on the ground and a police officer was standing on top of him."

Dotson said the incident was recorded on audio tapes. Police officers are canvassing the area to see if any video camera caught the incident.

The suspect is in critical condition.

No officers were injured in the incident.

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