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Suspect Killed, Officer Injured in North St. Louis Shooting

Suspect has died; officer's injuries not life-threatening.

December 12, 2018 - 1:41 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — (UPDATED 3:36 p.m.) A suspect was killed and an officer was injured in an officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis.

The shooting happened outside a gas station at the intersection of Goodfellow and Lillian. 

KMOX's Kevin Killeen was at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where both the suspect and officer were taken by ambulance. The officer was said to be "conscious, breathing, and talking."

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said during a press briefing at the hospital that the officer's injuries are not life-threatening.

Hayden said the incident happened Wednesday afternoon after two patrol officers spotted a recently stolen SUV at the service station. Hayden says one officer got out and approached the driver, who suddenly accelerated backward. 

The police chief says the 31-year-old officer was trapped by the SUV's open door and fired his gun, fatally striking the man in the chest.

The suspect, a man in his mid-20s, was later pronounced dead, Chief Hayden confirmed during the press briefing.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson showed up to the hospital after receiving word of the shooting.

Hayden said there is video of the altercation that will be released, and that an investigation is ongoing.