Another St. Louis officer shot Sunday night; Chief says violence against police is 'unprecedented'

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — The ninth police officer was shot this year in the city of St. Louis, this time while under heavy gunfire with his partner in north St. Louis Sunday night. Police were searching Monday for a suspect or suspects in the shooting that happened as officers were trying to make a traffic stop.

Officers had pulled over a car just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday in north St. Louis when the car sped off and officers gave chase, officials with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said. At least one person inside the fleeing car began shooting at the police car, and a bullet went through the police car’s windshield and hit an officer in the right shoulder, officials said.

The 35-year-old officer was taken to a hospital in stable condition and was released Monday morning. Police Chief John Hayden said officers later found the car abandoned. No arrests had been reported by Monday morning.

BREAKING: @ChiefJohnHayden @SLMPD officer shot in stable condition. Was shot through windshield in shoulder. Shooter at large. This 9th @slmpd officer shot in Stl @kmoxnews

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The injured officer’s name has not been released, but Hayden says he has been with the force for 12 years. St. Louis police did not immediately return phone and email messages Monday morning seeking more information.

The shooting comes two weeks after the Aug. 29 fatal shooting of St. Louis Officer Tamarris Bohannon and marks the ninth officer shot in the city this year.

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“This is an extremely rough time to be a police officer,” Hayden said. “Officers are trying to do their jobs, and they’re coming under gunfire.

"This is an unprecedented amount of violence against police that we are experiencing in St. Louis right now."

Also on Sunday evening, a St. Louis police officer shot a man he says pointed a gun at him.

The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday in the Greater Ville neighborhood after a car crash.

Hayden says two men in one of the crashed cars fled the scene on foot. A police officer responding to the crash reported seeing two men running and chased them in his squad car.

The officer said one of the men turned and pointed a gun at him, and the officer shot the man, who was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The officer, whose name has not been released, is on administrative leave. 

Reporting by KMOX's Maria Keena 
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