Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

However, the auto crashed at an intersection and the three suspects inside the auto fled the vehicle. Two officers ordered the off-duty officer to the ground, but then recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward them.That’s when another officer arrived – and fired at the off-duty cop, striking him in the arm, the report said.The New York Daily News identities the off-duty officer as black and the shooting officer as white. The crash reportedly took place just outside the home of an off-duty police officer, who came out to help.The St. Louis Post Dispatch ( ) reports that the shooting happened Wednesday night after officers started following a stolen vehicle. When officers threw a spike strip at the auto in the area of West Florissant and Riverview, that’s when police say the suspects fired at them. There was gunfire exchanged earlier between the officers and occupants of the stolen vehicle so the officers on the scene had their weapons drawn when the auto stopped. That is when two officers, “fearing for their safety”, fired at the suspects, striking one in the ankle. That was when the off-duty officer heard the commotion and attempted to assist, grabbing his department-issued gun, and was shot.Eventually, the suspects’ vehicle stopped at Park Avenue and Astra in north St. Louis and the suspects exited the auto and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to police. The department says that the officer who allegedly shot him is 36 years old with over eight years of service.Although the police report detailed the incident as mere “friendly fire”-a military term used to describe when a non-enemy is mistakenly targeted as hostile or deemed as a threat due to misinformation or inaccuracy-the uniformed officer and six other officers involved were placed on administrative leave, according to St. Louis Today”. Police took him and another suspect into custody. He’s a 38-year-old, 11-year veteran of the force.Two guns were recovered at the scene.Two men aged 17 have since been charged with dozens of felonies, including first-degree assault, armed criminal action and motor vehicle tampering. They were jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond. One suspect is still at large. Three people inside the stolen auto then opened fire at the pursuing officers, striking police vehicles.Mayor Lyda Krewson was at the hospital following the shooting and said she was “happy the officer is in good condition”.