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Officer shot in the neck in during traffic stop near St. Louis, in critical condition

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Police are investigating the shooting of a police officer that took place Friday morning in west St.Louis.

According to the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, the officer was wounded during a traffic stop and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The incident began after a traffic stop, when the officer had stopped the suspect for speeding. As the officer went back to his car, the driver got out and fired three shots at the officer.

Police received a description of the shooting suspect-  a male African-American suspect driving a blue Ford Taurus with temporary tags out of Illinois. The gunman fled several miles northeast for a few miles before he dismounted his vehicle and escaped on foot. He was captured shortly after with the aid of a Taser.

A woman who had heard the gunshots ran outside to find the wounded police officer, attempting to render aid to his neck wound. A nurse performed CPR on the officer while another citizen dialed 911.

Police scoured the neighborhood for the firearm, eventually finding it in a resident’s back yard.

 

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