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Suspect hospitalized in officer-involved shooting on South Broadway

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An officer-involved shooting has left one person in the hospital on Saturday.. (Credit: KMOV) An officer-involved shooting has left one person in the hospital on Saturday.. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A suspect is in critical condition following an officer-involved shooting in south St. Louis on Saturday.

Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said in a news conference held around 4:30 p.m., that a 3-year veteran officer shot a suspect around 12 p.m. after the suspect attempted to drive directly at one of the officers.

O’Toole said two officers spotted a vehicle wanted for felony fleeing at the Hardee’s restaurant in the 4200 block of South Broadway.

Officers pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot and observed a Red TrialBlazer that was involved in fleeing from officers two times prior in the week.

As the officers exited the patrol car and approached the vehicle, and as they did the suspect driving the TrialBlazer drove directly at the officer, said O’Toole.

One of the officers then fired shots at the suspect. The 39-year-old suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, according to police.

"I think when you consider the whole thing, it's very concerning. The officer had nowhere to go and a car is a deadly weapon. So, in fear of his life, he fired,” said O’Toole.

The other officer at the scene was an 8- year veteran.

None of the officers involved were injured.

O’Toole said police are still working to positively identify the suspect, but did say they are looking for a white male. 

The officer has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

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