Maryland Heights officer shot twice doing 'remarkably well'

Two suspects are in custody after the Thursday morning incident near Bennington Place and Summerhouse Drive around 4 a.m.

Brian Kelly
June 20, 2019 - 5:41 am

MARYLAND HEIGHTS (KMOX) — A Maryland Heights police officer was shot twice in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery after thwarting a car break-in.

It happened in the parking lot of the Bennington Heights Apartments, where two officers were investigating a string of car break-ins. Police Chief Bill Carson called it "good police work," as two suspects were caught in the act and the officers approched them. 

Carson says they identified themselves as officers, then the man turned and opened fire on both officers – that's when one officer was shot twice in the leg. The other officer wasn't hit, returned fire, but missed the suspects. 

The officer is doing "remarkably well" and is expected to make a full recovery, Carson says. 

Other officers who arrived on the scene did arrest the suspects. The suspect's gun has been recovered.  

The wounded officer is 38-years-old and has been an officer for 14 years, nine with Maryland Heights. 

Police are investigating the case and still trying to determine how many shots were fired, after witnesses tell KMOX they heard about a half dozen.

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