ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man wanted in several violent crimes and suspected of critically wounding a St. Louis police sergeant is dead after a shootout with officers.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says the 46-year-old officer was alone in his police SUV around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when the suspect pulled alongside and fired at least two shots unprovoked. The officer was struck twice in the face but is expected to survive.
Dotson says police tracked down the suspect early Monday in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. As police converged, officers say he shot through the windshield of another police car, missing both occupants, then fired at other officers.
Officers returned fire, killing the suspect, who was about 19.
The suspect’s name has not been released. Dotson says he was wanted for questioning for a series of crimes that included robberies, a carjacking and perhaps a killing.
Police believe the man shot the officer because he feared being recognized.
The shooting came on the same day a San Antonio officer was fatally shot and a St. Louis officer was critically wounded.
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