ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Two officers were shot in north St. Louis County Thursday morning. According to Fox2Now.com in St. Louis, they were hit in the chest but had bulletproof vests on and were conscious and speaking at the scene.
Police were involved in a standoff for several hours after the suspect barricaded himself in a nearby home. Just before 3 p.m. the suspect was taken into police custody.
Neighbors say the man left a home he was at early Thursday morning. Officers tried to talk to him and the situation escalated until officers reportedly used a taser to apprehend him.
Fox 2 reports that police told them the man pulled out a handgun and shot at both officers. Police returned fire and the man ran into the nearby home in the 10100 block of Bellefontaine Road.
Several emergency crews, fire trucks and police officers were seen just after 7:30 a.m. in the 10100 block of Bellefontaine Road, where the man was barricaded. Police said the man was 37-years old, according to Fox 2.
Investigators say the man is well-known to police. They say the suspect may own an AR-15 rifle.
Fox 2 reports the officers hit by gunfire are 44 years old and 25 years old.
Around 8:30 a.m., both directions of Interstate 270 were closed near Bellefontaine Road due to the police activity. During the closure, eastbound traffic is being diverted at Route 367 and westbound traffic is being diverted to Riverview.