Officers Joseph Schmitt (left) and William Olsten

Officers Joseph Schmitt (left) and William Olsten (Photos provided/St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

2 St. Louis Police Officers Charged in 2018 Shooting Outside Bar

Court documents say the man was sitting alone in his van when two police officers approached, one with his gun drawn

January 29, 2019 - 4:00 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Two St. Louis Police officers are charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with an April 2018 shooting outside a south city bar. 

Officers William Olsten and Joseph Schmitt are charged in the incident outside Bomber O'Brien's Sports Bar & Grill. A bar customer claims in court papers he was sitting alone in his van on the bar parking lot when two police officers in plain clothes approached, one with his gun drawn.

Olsten got in the van through the side door, then the man got his own gun and got out of his van, attempting to walk away and that's when Olsten allegedly grabbed the man from behind and threw him to the ground, court papers state.

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The man's gun fired, hitting Olsten in the hand.

Officer Schmitt is then accused of opening fire, hitting the man several times.

The probable cause statement says the officers failed to identify themselves as police officers. 

After the incident occured, St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said four of his officers were out of uniform and off-duty patrons of the bar that evening. 

Hayden says off-duty police are allowed to carry weapons when consuming alcohol, "Drinking responsibly, whether you are armed or not, that's a policy we have. Blood alcohol content is a part of these types of investigations, so we'll know that information at some point."