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Suspect injured in officer-involved shooting in JeffVanderLou neighborhood

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Sky-Zoom 4 captures the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV) Sky-Zoom 4 captures the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV)
Sky-Zoom 4 captures the officer involved in the shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV) Sky-Zoom 4 captures the officer involved in the shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV)
Sky-Zoom 4 captures the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV) Sky-Zoom 4 captures the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Aug. 31. (KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A St. Louis City Police officer shot and injured a suspect following an investigation into a stolen car Thursday afternoon.

The shooting occurred in the 3800 block of Maffitt, in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, around 4:30 p.m.

Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said detectives with the anti-crime unit saw a 2017 Ford Explorer that had been reported stolen out of Bridgeton on August 11. Officers deployed spike strips, but the driver kept going. The vehicle eventually stopped in an alley and the two men inside got out and ran.

"One of the occupants was armed with a hand gun, he turned and flourished the officer, the officer in fear for his life, fired several shots, striking him in the upper torso," said O'Toole. 

The 26-year-old was shot on Maffitt, but the stolen SUV with flattened tires was in an alley behind Maffitt. The suspect is in stable but guarded condition according to police. 

The other man, described as being 29 years old, kept running but was caught by another officer. The suspect with the gun did not fire any shots, but another officer injured his knee at the scene. He was transported to the hospital to be checked out. 

Neither of the men inside the stolen car have been identified. A distraught person on scene claimed his nephew was one of the people involved.

"He just got home from doing 10 years man, come on" he yelled before leaving the scene. 

Neighbors and community members showed up to the scene of the shooting. Crime scene tape stretched several blocks, with officers not allowing many people to get to their homes on Maffitt. 

Bishop Derrick Robinson, who is active in protesting officer-involved shootings, was on the scene, frustrated with another shooting. 

"My question my heart's desire is, is there anything else you can do besides shoot an individual?" Robinson asked.

News 4 asked Chief O'Toole if other options are deployed by officers, like a taser. 

"Here's one option, pull over and comply with police, that's the best option," said O'Toole. "When they get out of a car and continue to flee, armed, I think it's clear who we're dealing with, violent offenders in our city."

The officer who fired the shots, a 39-year-old man who has been on the force for 10 years was placed on administrative leave. The Force Investigative Unit is investigating.

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