ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – An off-duty St. Louis police officer and suspect were injured during an overnight shooting outside a south St. Louis bar.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said the off-duty officer was with three other off-duty officers at the Bomber O’Brien’s Sports Bar, located at 4621 Beck Avenue. Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, the off-duty officer and the suspect got into a confrontation, during which the suspect fired shots at the off-duty officer, striking him in the wrist and arm.
After being shot, another one of the off-duty officers returned fire, striking the suspect in the lower extremities and shoulder.
The suspect and off-duty officer were taken to the hospital for treatment. Friday morning, police said they were both listed in stable condition.
Chief Hayden said he is currently unaware of any previous relationship between the suspect and off-duty officer who was shot.
The father of a 22-year-old told News 4 at the shooting scene early Friday morning said that his son was the one shot by the off-duty officer.
“It’s terrible man, just not knowing, It’s heartbreaking to not know what’s going on with your son and how bad it is,” said Frank Demanuele Jr.
Demanuele Jr. said police told him his son was in police custody after being shot in his extremities. He also said his police said his son was with the doctor but he could not see him.
According to Chief Hayden, a department-issued gun was used to fire back at the suspect.
Chief Hayden said the off-duty officers were eating and drinking at the time of the shooting. He said Blood Alcohol Content will be taken as part of their investigation. He also said he knows at least one of the off-duty officers that were at the bar was on duty earlier in the day.
Chief Hayden said the officer that was shot is 32 years old and has been with the department 10 years. The officer that shot the suspect is 25 years old and has been with the department for just over a year.
All four officers that were at the bar at the time of the shooting are on administrative leave.
Chief Hayden said the least charge the suspect could face would be assault first.
Chief Hayden said the footage of the shooting will be made public at some point but he is currently unaware of when that will be.
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