Two Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO, police officers were shot in the chest and saved by their body armor this morning. The suspect has barricaded himself in a home in north St. Louis County.

A witness said a man opened fire on the officers from about 15 feet after they pepper-sprayed him in a scuffle on a front lawn.

After the shooting, an "officer-in-need-of-aid" call rallied dozens of officers from neighboring agencies who descended on the area. St. Louis County Police Officer Benjamin Granda said the county's tactical operations unit is heading to the scene.

Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr identified the injured officers as a male sergeant with 15 years' experience and a female patrol officer hired by the city in 2014.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch both officers were conscious and talking at the scene. They were both struck by at least one bullet, he said.

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