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Friday, May 8, 2009

Officers Survive Close Call as Man Fires Shot Through Windshield of Police Cruiser

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Two St. Louis police officers are lucky to be alive following a chase early Wednesday morning though the Tower Grove South Neighborhood.

Police report seeing a stolen vehicle driving erratically, and later running a red light at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The car later turned the wrong way down a one-way stretch of McDonald Avenue and crashed into a four-family flat at the intersection of Gustine and McDonald avenues.

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When police arrived the suspect was standing outside the wrecked car and fired multiple shots at close range through the windshield of the police car. One shot struck a police officer in the hand and finger. Another barely missed an officer's head. The shooter fled as the police called in for back up.
click to enlarge The police cruiser bears two bullet holes in the windshield. - PHOTO: ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Photo: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • The police cruiser bears two bullet holes in the windshield.

Police later apprehended the suspect, 43. The two offers, meanwhile, drove themselves to the hospital where they were treated and released.

The names of the officers targeted in the shooting and the identity of the shooter have not been released.

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