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Officer fires shot at suspect in stolen car in downtown

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An officer fired one shot through his passenger-side window at a suspect driving a stolen car Wednesday morning in downtown St. Louis (Kelly Davis, KMOV) An officer fired one shot through his passenger-side window at a suspect driving a stolen car Wednesday morning in downtown St. Louis (Kelly Davis, KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- An officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department fired one shot at a stolen car suspect Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 9:00 Wednesday morning near Tucker and Convention in downtown St. Louis.

Police chief Sam Dotson said a car that was stolen from St. Louis County drove past one of the city's license plate readers. Officers were alerted and dispatched to the area. The suspect, who noticed the officer, then allegedly drove towards the officer's car. The officer fired one shot at the suspect. It's not believed the suspect or the suspect's stolen vehicle were struck by the bullet.

“This shows our investment in the Real Time Crime Center. This car was in our database that reads license plates," Dotson explained. "The suspect knew he was a criminal and drove toward the officer.” 

A short pursuit was initiated, but Chief Dotson said the car was eventually located abandoned in north St. Louis. The driver got out and ran.

"It’s Wednesday morning, it’s cold, but criminals are out there. Our officers didn’t think they’d find a criminal who would flee from them and this shows the dangers of the job. This is a disregard of human life for the officers and the community. Whether it’s a police officer being shot or an officer's car being rammed, they are out there doing the job we asked them to do," Dotson added.

Police said they are looking for video to identify the driver.

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