Two suspects have been taken into the police custody on Friday night, the two are suspected in a shooting that injured two police officers and one woman who was doing laundry.
According to the officials, the attackers attacked the officers, a man and a woman in the block of Dickson Street, the attackers then drove to near 14th Street and Cass Avenue, they called for help there.
The officers were taken to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital where they were in stable condition. The officers were “ambushed” by the 2 persons, at a press conference Friday night Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said.
The two fired at officers with a rifle and a handgun. One officer shot back to the attackers.
Two loaded guns were recovered from the suspects. One Glock 19, 9mm and Zastava Arms, 7.62 x 39 caliber. pic.twitter.com/asVikUzk92
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) 2 September 2017
O’Toole said, “The direction of where the lady was in her home was directly behind where the officers were.”
“The type of damage — the bullet went through walls, and through doors — tells us this type of damage could only be done by a high-power rifle,” he said.
According to O’Toole, the officers were attacked “indiscriminately” by the attackers, they even ignore the bystanders.
“These are violent offenders, and they don’t want to be taken,” O’Toole said. “They don’t have — they don’t care about anyone else, and they’re firing an assault rifle like this in a highly urban area; obviously they have total disregard for the safety of anyone other than themselves.”
The wounded officers were later identified as a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman with the job experience of 9 years and 10 years respectively, O’Toole said. He added that officers got gunshot injuries in hands and legs, they also had sharpened wounds on the face.
He said, “These officers did a wonderful job, I’m proud of them. They are heroes.”
At the hospital, Mayor Lyda Krewson joined him. Krewson said, “It’s a dangerous job they are doing for us every day, and their actions are courageous.”
“Their families are gathering, and we just hope for the best for them,” Krewson said.