St. Louis Detective Receives Gunshot Wound Investigating Stolen Vehicle

ST. LOUIS – A police detective investigating a stolen car was hit with gunfire last night at the corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue in south St. Louis, reported

Acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said the officer, a 25-year-old veteran, was in his department vehicle around 1:21 a.m. when he was “fired upon.”

“He sustained gunshot wounds to his shoulder,” O’Toole told reporters at a 3 a.m. press gaggle outside Saint Louis University Hospital, where the detective was being admitted.

O’Toole said the officer, who is 54 years old, was in stable condition and that the investigation was “very active.”

“As we get more information, we’ll get that information out,” he promised.

The detective was not the sole law enforcement person in the area. O’Toole said that other officers had been in the area as well, and that they were able to quickly aide the wounded investigator. He said the detective did not fire his weapon in defense.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported the detective was able to get out of the area quickly after being shot.

The chief didn’t say if any other officers fired at the assailant. Crime-scene technicians were examining a white pickup that appeared to have a bullet hole in its windshield, but police did not explain the vehicle’s connection to the incident.

The Police Department’s Force Investigative Unit is investigating the shooting. The unit, set up in September 2014, conducts criminal investigations of all officer-involved shootings.

The detective was talking after being shot and admitted into the hospital for treatment, O’Toole said.

O’Toole did not have a description of the suspect last night.

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