BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A police officer is in critical, stable condition after being shot Friday morning, according to the Ballwin Police Department.
The officer was shot around 11 a.m. after he pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for a speeding violation in the 300 block New Ballwin Road, police said. After conversing with the suspect, the officer walked back to his vehicle to process paperwork, at which time suspect exited his vehicle, moved quickly towards the officer and fired three gunshots, striking him once in the neck.
Following the shooting, the suspect drove from the scene in a Blue Ford Taurus with temporary Illinois plates. Officers from several surrounding areas helped apprehend the suspect around 11:25 a.m. in the 800 block of Burgundy in nearby Manchester. Police say he was tased before he was arrested.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene, police said.
Skyzoom 4 was over the scene on Burgundy Lane around 12:30 p.m. when a handcuffed man was being placed in the back of a police vehicle.
Authorities have not released the suspect’s identity, but said he was on probation for a a federal weapons violation. They also said his record includes a stolen car in Oklahoma and a previous weapons offense in California. Police said charges are pending against the suspect.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, police said the officer’s dashcam captured the shooting. They also urged anyone with video of the shooting to give it to police to help with the investigation.
The injured officer is a nine-year veteran, seven of which he served in another jurisdiction.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was ambushed.
Chief Belmar: “Make no mistake this officer was ambushed”
— Chris Nagus (@ChrisNagusKMOV) July 8, 2016
The St. Louis Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is handling the investigation.
2/2Thank you to the community for the outpouring of prayers &
support.We look forward to the
cont. support of the community during this time
— Ballwin Police Dept (@BallwinPolice) July 8, 2016
While police investigate the shooting, traffic is being diverted off New Ballwin at Old Ballwin and Reinke Roads.
No other details have been made available.
Headline: Western Journalism