A black off-duty officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was shot by a white officer Wednesday night while trying to assist with some suspected vehicle thieves, CBS News reports. It is unclear whether his shooter was placed on administrative leave.
Two officers, "fearing for their safety", fired at the suspects, striking one in the ankle, according to a department summary of the shooting.
Eventually, the suspects' vehicle stopped at Park Avenue and Astra in north St. Louis and the suspects exited the auto and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to police.
During the process, the two officers recognised their 38-year-old colleague and told him to stand up and walk toward them. The disturbing aspect of the shooting is that a White cop shot a Black off-duty officer because he was scared.
Acting police chief Lawrence O'Toole said officers were pursuing stolen auto when three suspects inside opened fire on Wednesday night.
However, the auto crashed at an intersection and the three suspects inside the auto fled the vehicle.
Two of the three suspects in the stolen auto chase were taken into custody and booked on $500,000 cash bond.
The victim was treated in hospital but has since been released, police confirmed.
Louis police officer is recovering Thursday morning after he was struck by gunfire Wednesday night (June 21).
Tate says a "black professional in law enforcement" was "treated as an ordinary black guy on the street". They say one other suspect is still on the loose.
The victim's lawyer, Rufus J Tate Jr, told local media that the shooting was part of a wider problem in the USA with the perception of black men.
Local station Fox 2 Now reported that the incident began shortly after 10 p.m. when a police recognition system spotted a stolen auto from Maryland Heights, spurring the vehicle chase. This is a real problem'.
The off-duty cop was released from the hospital Thursday.
'This has been a national discussion for the past two years'.
It is not yet known who shot the officer.
A year earlier in the suburb of White Plains, New York, a black off-duty Mount Vernon police officer was killed by a Westchester County policeman while holding an assault suspect at gunpoint.
Police said they are continuing to investigate.
Yanez was found "not guilty" of manslaughter by a jury but has been fired from his police department.
Two suspects in the chase were apprehended.
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