Two St. Louis Police Officers Shot in Tower Grove South


St. Louis police officers stretch crime scene tape across the street after an two officers were shot on Hartford Street. - DOYLE MURPHY
  • St. Louis police officers stretch crime scene tape across the street after an two officers were shot on Hartford Street.

Update: 5:40 a.m. Sunday: Police said this morning that the barricaded suspect has been taken into custody. No other information about his capture was immediately released. The original story continues below.

Two St. Louis police officers have been shot in Tower Grove South, police say. One was hit in the head and is "very critically," police Chief John Hayden says.

The suspect barricaded himself in a house in the 3700 block of Hartford Street, according to the chief.

Hayden says it began about 5:45 p.m. when officers headed to the neighborhood for a report of a shooting. While looking for the victim and suspect, a 29-year-old officer was shot in the head.

"When I say 'very critically wounded,' he was very critically wounded," Hayden says.

Police now believe the shooter barged into a nearby home, ordered the couple out at gunpoint and holed up inside. When officers arrived, he fired from in the house, Hayden says.

Other officers hurried to the wounded officer's aid, and that's when a second officer was shot. He was hit in the leg. Both officers were loaded into patrol cars and raced to city hospitals — one to St. Louis University Hospital and the other to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Meanwhile, dozens of other officers swarmed the residential neighborhood, which is a block south of Tower Grove Park. They blocked off roads for blocks around, including a section of South Grand Avenue, while the police department's SWAT and hostage negotiation teams moved in. Speaking at about 8 p.m. outside of St. Louis University Hospital, Hayden said the suspect was still inside the house and police were negotiating with him.

It's not clear what happened with the original shooting call.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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