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Friends describe Ryan O'Connor as a 'fine officer'

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Officer Ryan O'Connor remains in critical condition after being shot by a suspect in his patrol car (Credit: Arnold Police Department) Officer Ryan O'Connor remains in critical condition after being shot by a suspect in his patrol car (Credit: Arnold Police Department)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police officer Ryan O'Connor comes from a law enforcement family that includes his father, former Maryland Heights Police Chief Tom O'Connor.

"He followed in his dad's footsteps," said former St. Louis County Police Chief Ron Batelle."He was a fine officer." 

"People seemed to like him," said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

O'Connor was a Ferguson officer in between the time he was with St. Louis County Police and Arnold Police.

"He was a person that really seemed to take an interest in the problems that were going on," Knowles says.

O'Connor was shot by a burglary suspect on Wednesday in Arnold.

He is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

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