Louis officer injured by 'friendly fire' after police chase of stolen vehicle

Posted June 26, 2017

A black off-duty police officer in St. Louis, Missouri was accidentally shot by a white colleague during a gun battle between police and auto theft suspects. It is unclear whether his shooter was placed on administrative leave.

However, this is when another white officer came in and shot the off-duty officer in the arm as he failed to recognize him.

The off-duty officer heard the commotion from his home nearby and rushed to the scene with his department-issued weapon. He complied. Then an officer recognized him and told the other cops to let him up, that is when he was shot.

An off-duty officer was wounded by "friendly fire" as police looked for suspects after a stolen vehicle fled police and crashed late Wednesday.

The Post-Dispatch reported that police are calling the incident an example of "friendly fire" due to the suspects from the auto chase firing at police. When the three suspects noticed the officers, they drove away.

Police are still searching for the third suspect involved in this incident. Someone in the stolen auto then opened fire at the pursuing officers, so they backed off but continued to follow the vehicle. A local Fox affiliate's report says the officer who fired his gun was white and the officer who was hit is black.

The New York Daily News identities the off-duty officer as black and the shooting officer as white.

"In the police report you have so far, there is no description of a threat he received".

An off-duty police officer and a suspect were shot in north St. Louis, as the police search for another suspect.

He was shot in the arm and was taken to hospital in St Louis, Missouri. "We can see this is a real problem".

Two of the suspects were apprehended, while the third remains at large. "But this has been a national discussion for the past two years that is there is this perception that a black man is automatically to be feared". Another 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody and the third suspect, described by police as being "young", is now at-large.

The news comes after authorities released dash cam footage on Tuesday of Philando Castile's shooting by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Minnesota. Young - at the time the son of the department's highest-ranking black officer - was dressed in baggy jeans, an overcoat and a baseball cap, and he was carrying a gun. The department will continue to investigate the incident.