BALLWIN, MO (KTVI)- Authorities are investigating after a police officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning in west St. Louis County. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. near the 300 block of New Ballwin Road, near Old Ballwin Road. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the wound was in the neck.
The officer, who works for the Ballwin Police Department, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
The suspect was apprehended a short time later in the 800 block of Burgundy Drive, following a foot pursuit. Investigators say a handgun was recovered.
Police say he is a tall, thin African-American male who was wearing a gray tee-shirt and blue jeans. He was allegedly driving an older model blue Ford Taurus with Illinois temporary tags during the time of the shooting.
The St. Louis County Police Department will conduct this investigation. Chief Jon Belmar is scheduled to hold a 3 p.m. news conference.
The City of Ballwin has a population of nearly 30,000. It is located in west St. Louis County, along Manchester Road west of Highway 141.
Witnesses have said that the officer was shot at least twice at close range. The condition of the officer is unknown, but sources are saying it’s not good.
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