Manhunt Underway For Gunman Who Shot Officer Inside Missouri Walmart

Holly Matkin

The gunman fled the scene after shooting the Calverton Park police officer three times.

Ferguson, MO – The gunman who shot a Calverton Park police officer during an attack inside a Walmart store on Sunday night is still at large.

Police have released a photo of the unidentified suspect.

He is described as a black male between the age of 20 and 25, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The gunman was last seen wearing a green jacket, gray sweatpants, and black socks with Nike sandals.

His hair is braided into a small ponytail.

The attack occurred just inside the entrance of the Walmart store on West Florissant Avenue at approximately 7:15 p.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The 35-year-old, off-duty Calverton Park Police Department (CPPD) officer was working a security job at the store.

He was wearing his full police uniform at the time – to include his ballistic vest, according to the CPPD.

The altercation occurred when the officer confronted the suspect, who was allegedly shoplifting, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The suspect pulled out a gun a fired several rounds, hitting the officer twice in the torso and once in the arm before fleeing the scene.

The officer did not return fire, according to St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) Sergeant Benjamin Granda.

Police do not have a description of the gunman’s possible getaway vehicle.

“We believe he probably got into a car,” Sgt. Granda said, according to KMOV. “Right now, his whereabouts are unknown. We’ve got a large amount of our resources out here searching for this individual now.”

Walmart loss-prevention supervisor Schyler Pokorski, who also has military training, took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet on the officer’s arm to help stop the bleeding while emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, Ferguson Police Department (FPD) Captain Harry Dillworth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

FPD Officer Jontaine Glover also applied a tourniquet to the wounded officer’s arm during the aftermath of the shooting.

The officer’s ballistic vest stopped the two rounds that struck his torso, according to Sgt. Granda.

The two-year veteran-of-the-force was rushed to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and has since been released.

"He's in good spirits, and he's home recovering right now," CPPD Officer Chris Robertson said on Monday morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

No one else was injured during the attack.

"We're very thankful that he was wearing a vest tonight," Sgt. Granda said.

Over 30 patrol vehicles from multiple jurisdictions responded to the area to search for the gunman, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

K9s and a Metro Air Support helicopter have also been dispatched to assist, according to KMOV.

Comments (34)
flybynight
flybynight

Hey look crazy704. Another 13%er killing your percentages, sorry I mean rates.......or something like that. I'm just a dumb former cross burner.

No. 1-14
Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Another black cop killer... WTF is wrong with these people?

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Same old song and dance. You still want to blame the gun?

JBoH
JBoH

Big time thanks to Walmart loss-prevention supervisor Schyler Pokorski for applying the tourniquet and helping save this officer's life.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm sure our resident trolls and black lives matter will try to spin this in a way that blames the officer. It's what they do, they can't help themselves.

terriroll
terriroll

What's his name, so I can heal him?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#wheredhegetthegun #ultimatesource #needregistry

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

if this security guard wasn't a cop then how much extra resources would have been used?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The suspect, Fhontez Mitchell, was taken into custody near the intersection of Jennings Station and New Halls Ferry around 12:30 p.m., authorities told News 4.

Four prior mugshots here:

Probation violation

1st Degree Burglary (2X)

Unlawful possession of firearm

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Not all gunsafes are theft proof! A determined thief can break into it! I agree that you shouldn't leave firearms where they can be stolen, but like I said, a determined thief............

Raymelson
Raymelson

Obama created the war on law enforcement so why is that S,O,B STILL walking around free

BPK2020
BPK2020

People no longer understand consequences because they cant see past their nose. Now that this is the case its time to establish a nationwide death penalty for crimes commited that cause death or serious injury by use of a weapon. Any time a weapon is present they shouldnt see light of day for a minimum of 20 years...even of no injuries are inflicted. Time for terror laws to be enacted against all gang members..Enough is enough

thecatinmybed
thecatinmybed

Bloomberg is right about one thing.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Another 13%er


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