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14-year-old boy shot off-duty St. Louis police officer downtown, police say

Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- Police arrested a 14-year-old boy who investigators say shot an off-duty St. Louis police officer about midnight Sunday while the officer was working a security detail downtown, authorities said.

The officer was the sixth to be shot and wounded since June 1. He was shot in the arm and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 14-year-old is the one who pulled the trigger, firing shots into the officer's unmarked security vehicle, police said. The teen and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection to the shooting near Convention Plaza and North 10th Street.

The boys were taken into custody near the 900 block of North 10th Street shortly after the shooting. They have been turned over to juvenile authorities.

St. Louis police Maj. Eric Larson said the officer was wearing plain clothes and a vest marked POLICE. The officer was working a department-approved secondary job for Securitas, police Officer Michelle Woodling said.

The officer was sitting in the unmarked security vehicle when two people approached him, Larson said.

 

"He made eye contact with the individuals, looked away, looked back, saw one of the individuals running toward him," Larson said. "The individual then began firing shots."

The officer was able to move his vehicle to safety, Larson said, explaining that the officer didn't fire any shots.

The injured officer broadcast the description of the suspects. A call for an officer in need of aid went out about 11:55 p.m. Sunday.

Larson said police recovered a gun but he didn't elaborate on what kind of weapon it was.

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