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Suspect charged after officer is injured during struggle over gun in Webster Groves

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Enzie Walton, Jr., 29, of University City, is charged with two counts of assault, one count of resisting arrest and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Credit: STL County PD Enzie Walton, Jr., 29, of University City, is charged with two counts of assault, one count of resisting arrest and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Credit: STL County PD

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A suspect who is accused of injuring an officer during a  struggle over a gun in Webster Groves on Thursday is facing charges.

Enzie Walton, Jr., 29, of University City, is charged with two counts of assault, one count of resisting arrest and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Two Webster Groves officers were patrolling Ivory Crockett Park, located at 800 Bell, when they found a suspicious vehicle and conducted a narcotics-related investigation around 8:15 p.m. During the investigation, one officer removed the vehicle’s passenger without incident and handcuffed him.

While the 21-year-old passenger was being handcuffed, Walton reportedly ignored an officer’s commands and entered using the driver’s door of the vehicle. The officer near the passenger side of the vehicle saw a handgun inside and a struggle began between Walton and rgw officer. While they were struggling for the gun, the suspect vehicle was moving and dragging the officer, according to police.

During the struggle, the handgun discharged, striking Walton in the leg.

After the gun went off, the struggle for the handgun ended and the suspect vehicle stopped moving. Walton was then taken into custody and the officer was able to get the gun.

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Walton was taken to the hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. He was listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The 21-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition after being struck by the suspect vehicle during the incident.

The officer who struggled with the suspect over the gun was taken to the hospital after suffering from abrasions. He is described as an officer with 36 years of service.

The second officer at the scene, who took the 21-year-old into custody, was not injured during the incident. Officials said he has 5 years of services.

The St. Louis County Police Department is the lead agency on the investigation.

Walton is being held on a $150,000 cash-only bond at the St. Louis County Jail.

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