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St. Louis Officer, Car Theft Suspect Shoot it Out

March 06, 2008  | 

A St. Louis police officer ran out of ammo in a shootout with a car theft suspect today and was forced to crawl to cover.

Dozens of shots were fired in the battle, but neither the suspect, a 23-year-old man with a prior robbery conviction, nor the officer was wounded.

The suspect escaped the scene of the gunfight in the officer's patrol car and drove away. He crashed into a house and was taken into custody.

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the gun battle was related to an early-morning car theft in which a five-year-old boy was taken. The boy was found unharmed 20 minutes later and the car was abandoned.

Police told the paper that the suspect said he opened fire on the officer because he did not want to go back to jail.

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Comments (4)

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woodymt @ 3/7/2008 8:19 AM

Sounds like this Officer was lucky. I beleave he could use more training in firearms and marksman ship.

guitar player @ 3/8/2008 12:01 AM

First, glad he is alright. Second, just what type of weapon, his department issues, do they train for stress situations. It is easy to miss when your under stress. The main thing he went home to his family, and the bad guy got caught. Last, I would tell you all to buy extra rounds, and mags for your "all heck broke loose" bag. Well spent money. May be he had one but just could not get to it.

jenec @ 3/8/2008 5:24 AM

I agree with Woodymt... if you have run yourself out of ammo and not brought some kinda of resolution to the issue, and then let the guy steal your patrol car... its time to rethink your career choice.

intheaircop @ 3/12/2008 5:13 PM

I take it he did not carry a backup weapon?
I bet this officer will now carry more mags, a backup weapon or get some extra training.

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