Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer

Jerome Frank
June 25, 2017

An off-duty black St. Louis police officer who joined the pursuit of individuals believed to have stolen a auto ended up being shot by one of his white colleagues, reports say.

According to O'Toole, the off-duty officer did not fire any shots.

Eventually, the suspects' vehicle stopped at Park Avenue and Astra in north St. Louis and the suspects exited the auto and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to police. He complied. When they recognized the off-duty officer, they told him he could stand up and walk toward them.

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Cole in downtown St. Louis, the city's anti-crime unit spotted a auto reported stolen out of Maryland Heights on June 15.

They chased the vehicle until it crashed, with the men getting out with guns and attempting to flee on foot.

Two of the three suspects in the stolen auto chase were taken into custody and booked on $500,000 cash bond.

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The names of the officers involved have yet to be released. But a department summary of the incident, released Thursday, June 22, revealed that the off-duty cop was actually shot by another officer in a separate encounter away from the initial chase/crash.

"This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street - this is a real problem", he said, according to Newsweek. The third suspect has yet to be apprehended.

The victim's lawyer, Rufus J Tate Jr, told local media that the shooting was part of a wider problem in the United States with the perception of black men. "So we have a real problem with that", Rufus Tate Jr. wrote. The officer, who later left the force, wasn't charged, which further strained relations between the area's black community and the police.

Police on the scene told the off-duty officer to get on the ground and surrender. "But this has been a national discussion for the past two years; there's this perception that a Black man is automatically feared". An off-duty officer heard the commotion, came out of his house to help, and was shot in his arm. Young - at the time the son of the department's highest-ranking black officer - was dressed in baggy jeans, an overcoat and a baseball cap, and he was carrying a gun.

The auto stopped near Park and Astra Avenues when police say shots were exchanged.

One of the suspects, described as a 17-year-old, was shot in the ankle.

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