According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and local news outlet Fox2Now, a white St. Louis police officer shot a black off-duty officer from his own force after a auto chase ended in a crash outside the off-duty officer's home.
The off-duty officer heard the commotion and came out of his nearby home with his own gun, the chief said. Two officers ordered him to the ground, and he complied.
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Now the police are saying that the off-duty officer was shot by another cop who did not recognize him as an officer in a separate encounter away from the crash Wednesday night.
The 36-year-old officer who fired the shot is an 8-year department veteran. The three suspects inside the stolen auto opened fire, hitting police vehicles, and officers backed off but continued to chase the auto. The disturbing aspect of the shooting is that a White cop shot a Black off-duty officer because he was scared. Two police cars were damaged by gunfire during the incident. O'Toole said at the hospital that the officer was shot in the exchange of gunfire but it was unclear by whom.
A police shooting in St. Louis has resulted in the injury of a fellow police officer overnight according to FOX 2 News in St. Louis.
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Although the police report detailed the incident as mere "friendly fire"-a military term used to describe when a non-enemy is mistakenly targeted as hostile or deemed as a threat due to misinformation or inaccuracy-the uniformed officer and six other officers involved were placed on administrative leave, according to St. Louis Today". Rufus Tate Jr, the wound officer's attorney, told KTVI-TV. Initially, it was reported that the officer was "wounded by "friendly fire" as police looked for suspects after a stolen vehicle fled police and crashed late Wednesday", with Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole telling reporters that the off-duty officer "was hit in the crossfire between officers and suspects who had been in the auto".
One suspect, a 17-year-old male, was shot in the ankle.
The Force Investigative Unit responded to the scene. Another 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody and the third suspect, described by police as being "young", is now at-large. Two guns were recovered.
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Prosecutors charged Deandre Chaney and Cortney Smith, both 17, with seven counts of first-degree assault, seven counts of armed criminal action, felony fleeing, and tampering. He was in good condition at a hospital.