Police shoot man in Penrose, say he fired first

Police shoot man in Penrose, say he fired first

PENROSE – St. Louis police say an attempted traffic stop led to two officers’ exchanging gunfire with a suspect and striking  him twice.  The suspect, 30, sustained what police describe as minor injuries.

It happened  in the 4100 block of Shreve Avenue, between Lee and Kossuth avenues, about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Police Chief John Hayden said the incident began when officers tried to pull a car over, not far from where the shooting happened.  The people in the car sped off.

The Metro Air Support police helicopter was in the area as this was happening, and Hayden said that “eye in the sky” quickly directed officers to the speeding car. The car slowed down along Shreve, police said, and the helicopter directed officers to move in.

They quickly tried to engage one of the two men and, “As they tried to speak with the suspect, he began to run, then he turned and fired in the officers’ direction.  Both officers who were involved exchanged fire, returned fire at the suspect,” Hayden said. “By this time they’re at Shreve and Penrose [Street]. This foot pursuit goes on on Penrose and then through an alley, where they end up taking the suspect into custody in the 4800 Block of Bessie [Avenue].”

The foot chase covered about four blocks.  When they caught the man who was running from them, police said, they found he’d been shot in the hand and arm. They also said they had recovered his gun.

Police said they were still trying to identify the man they had arrested.

The two officers who fired at the suspect have been on the department for five and eight years, respectively, according to Hayden.

Police said their Force Investigative Unit was looking into the incident.