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Velda City officer grazed by bullet; suspect dead

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Officer on the scene after an officer was grazed by a bullet in Velda City (Credit: KMOV) Officer on the scene after an officer was grazed by a bullet in Velda City (Credit: KMOV)

VELDA CITY (KMOV.com) – A Velda City police officer was grazed by a bullet while responding to a domestic incident in Velda City Monday morning.

Multiple police agencies were called to the 2200 block of Lucas and Hunt following a domestic incident around 11:15 a.m., according to St. Louis County Police. The officer sustained a graze wound during the incident. Police described the injury as minor. 

County police said the suspect, 18-year-old Sam Thompson, was found dead from an apparent suicide inside a nearby trash bin a few blocks from the initial scene.

The incident began around 11:00 a.m. Monday when officers were dispatched to a fight in the yard of a home belonging to Thompson's mother. He and his girlfriend were fighting with his mother, police say.

When police arrived, the officer was informed Thompson had a gun. The officer attempted to get him to drop the gun, but Thompson fired one round, striking the officer's holster and grazing his leg. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Thompson then ran, before finally being tracked by a canine officer in the 6900 block of Normandale Drive. When an officer opened the trash can, Thompson shot himself, a police spokesman said.

It's not yet known if any of the officer's shots struck the Thompson in the initial exchange.

Officers had been to the home several times for "mental distress issues." The officer involved in the shooting is a 15-year veteran. He's been with the Velda City department for four years.

The St. Louis County Police Department is currently handling the investigation into the incident.

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