BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of shooting two St. Louis police officers in north county who were saved by their bulletproof vests is hospitalized with a gunshot wound of his own after a lengthy standoff with police.
St. Louis County Police say the 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, more than 7 ½ hours after the initial shooting. Police say he’s expected to survive.
Two Bellefontaine Neighbors police officers tried to arrest the man around 7:15 a.m. following a report of gunshots the night before. The officers were shot in their torsos. The bullets struck their bulletproof vests. Both were treated at a hospital and released.
After the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside a home. Police say that at one point the man opened a door and fired a gun, prompting an officer to return fire.