Suspect dead after ambushing police officer during traffic stop, escaping and sparking ‘Blue Alert’

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ST PETERS, MO – According to preliminary reports, an officer from the St. Peters Police Department was said to have been shot during the early evening of April 29th while reportedly conducting a traffic stop.

Authorities say a suspect has been killed following a pursuit and shootout with local sheriff’s deputies and that the injury sustained by the officer is non-life threatening.

Police officials say that a St. Peters Police officer, who has not been identified by name as of this writing, was reportedly conducting a traffic stop at approximately 5:40 p.m. on April 29th within the 3000 block of Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

It is unclear what exactly the driver was pulled over for initially, with officials only citing it as a traffic violation.

However, officials say that the suspect shot the officer in the leg as the officer was approaching the suspect’s vehicle.

Shortly after the shooting, the Missouri State Highway Patrol had issued a “Blue Alert” for a suspect driving a blue Chevy Trailblazer.

According to a press release from the St Peters Police Department, deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office had located the suspect’s residence and the vehicle described within the “Blue Alert” issued earlier.   

Lincoln County deputies attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle, but the driver was said to have failed to yield and instead led deputies on a pursuit which ended within the 2600 block of Meyer Road.

Officials say that the suspect then exited the vehicle while armed with a firearm and opened fire on deputies. Reportedly, the Lincoln County deputies returned fire and the suspect was fatally shot.

Police say that no other officers were at all wounded during the confrontation with the suspect, but the name of the suspect is being withheld “pending notification of next of kin.”

As of this time, authorities have not presented any theories as to what may have prompted the deceased suspect to initially open fire on the unnamed officer during the traffic stop.

The officer that was initially injured in the first interaction with the suspect was described as being a 41-year-old male who had been with the department for less than a year.

He has reportedly already been released from the hospital, reportedly 3 hours after the incident.

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In other recent news regarding officers injured by gunfire, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on an LAPD officer that was off-duty when he was reportedly shot by his own weapon during a struggle. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot in the chest with his own gun Wednesday in a struggle with a man who had broken into his car and was attempting to steal his police gear, authorities said.

The off-duty police officer and a suspect were both shot and wounded during a gun battle at a Sherman Oaks apartment complex around 2:30 p.m.

The incident began when the officer left an apartment with a woman and went to the parking lot of the complex. As he approached his vehicle, the officer observed a man who had broken into his vehicle and was wearing his ballistic vest and had his service weapon, according to Chief Michel Moore.

The officer confronted the man with his backup handgun and an exchange of gunfire erupted. The shootout continued through the parking garage to a breezeway behind the apartment complex. 

Chief Moore said the officer struggled with the man before the situation turned into “what we believe to be a gun battle between the both of them, with the suspect using the officer’s primary duty weapon.”

In the breezeway, the suspect was shot in the arm and shoulder, and fell to the ground, according to authorities. 

The officer recovered his stolen firearm from the suspect, and then retreated back to his vehicle where he collapsed with two gunshot wounds to the chest and one to his thigh.

Other officers responded to the scene and surrounded the apartment complex. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. 

Chief Moore said he spoke to the officer before he underwent surgery: 

“I spoke with him before he went into surgery. Obviously, these are very traumatic injuries, and he is grateful to be alive, but he is not out of the woods yet.”

The responding officers located the suspect in the breezeway as he was tossing magazines from the stolen firearm over a fence.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital with three gunshot wounds. He was listed in stable condition.

The woman who accompanied the officer was not injured during the incident.

The incident remains under investigation, but Chief Moore stated the incident appeared random rather than a targeted attack.

Officials are working to determine how the suspect was able to access the officer’s vehicle inside a secured garage. 

Chief Moore said that the officer is a member of the detective’s bureau and typically keeps his vest and firearm inside his vehicle.

Officials have not released the name of the officer or suspect.

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