BREAKING: Officer Shot Multiple Times On Missouri Highway
Webster Groves, MO – A Webster Groves police officer was shot on Tuesday night when he stopped to assist a “stalled motorist.”
The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on May 5 when two police officers stopped to assist a stopped vehicle on the left-side shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 between Elm and Shrewsbury, KSDK reported.
Police said the officers were responding to a call about a “stalled motorist” and that a Webster Groves police officer was approaching the stalled vehicle when the suspect jumped out and started shooting at him.
Officials said a press briefing that the suspect shot the officer multiple times, but that most of the bullets went into his bullet-proof vest.
The officer returned fire and struck the suspect multiple times.
Police said that at least one round struck the officer in the leg, but he was able to put a tourniquet on himself to help stop the bleeding.
The officer was immediately transported to the hospital by the second officer on the scene in a police vehicle, KSDK reported.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a body was seen on the side of the road shortly after the incident.
Police said the officer was in “stable” condition and talking at the hospital.
Officials said the suspect was an adult male who has not yet been identified.
Police have asked anyone who was near the scene or knows anything about the incident to get in touch with law enforcement.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Dallas Thompson said the St. Louis County police had responded to the scene to assist the Webster Groves Police Department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Thompson said St. Louis County police would take the lead in the investigation, KSDK reported.
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