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Man charged for allegedly shooting police officer in North County

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Officers on scene after an officer was shot in Castlepoint (Credit: KMOV) Officers on scene after an officer was shot in Castlepoint (Credit: KMOV)
Jo'von Mitchell is charged with armed criminal action, assault on a law enforcement officer and unalwful use of a weapon. He allegedly shot an officer in Castle Point late Thursday night. Credit: St. Louis County PD Jo'von Mitchell is charged with armed criminal action, assault on a law enforcement officer and unalwful use of a weapon. He allegedly shot an officer in Castle Point late Thursday night. Credit: St. Louis County PD
A police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries when the officer was shot in Castle Point Thursday night. Credit: KMOV A police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries when the officer was shot in Castle Point Thursday night. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A man is facing charges for allegedly shooting a police officer in north St. Louis County Thursday night.

Jo'von Mitchell, 28, is charged with armed criminal action, assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of a weapon.

He allegedly shot a St. Louis County police officer while the officers attempting to arrest a suspect in Castlepoint Thursday night.

The North County Precinct officer knocked on the front door of a home in the 10400 block of Royal Drive and had announced “St. Louis County Police Department” when Mitchell exited a side door and began shooting, St. Louis County Police Department, Sgt. Shawn McGuire said.

"This was at 10:40 at night. Officers were knocking on the door and this happened within 30 secs to a minute of them knocking on the door. It was pretty quick. Officers don't know exactly what happened or who did this, we just know we were there," said McGuire. 

The officer, who has been with the department for about a month and has been a police officer for about three-and-a-half years, was shot once in the arm. He was taken to the hospital by another officer on the scene with non-life threatening injuries and discharged Friday morning. 

The officers did not return fire, according to Sgt. McGuire.

After shooting the 25-year-old officer, the Mitchell reentered the home.

The St. Louis County Tactical Operations Unit was called to the scene to assist with taking Mitchell into custody.

According to Sgt. McGuire, Mitchell was confirmed to be the person officers were originally attempting to arrest for assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

"Two weeks ago from yesterday now, we had our officer shot and killed. So when we get these phone calls that's the first thing that goes in our head and it's a shame. We live in a dangerous world, there are a lot of people who want to hurt the police," McGuire said.

Investigators also said Mitchell has an extensive criminal history which includes drug charges, resisting arrest, and theft at the West County mall in Des Peres.

The St. Louis County Bureau of Crimes Against Persons unit is investigating the shooting.

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