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Theft suspect wounded in officer-involved shooting

April 17, 2019

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in eastern Missouri shot a suspected thief during a confrontation in an abandoned nursing home near Festus.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak says the 30-year-old suspect was shot in the shoulder while he and the deputy struggled over the deputy’s gun. The suspect is in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the deputy was at the vacant Benchmark Healthcare building in Festus Wednesday morning to check on a reported trespasser.

Marshak said the suspect had something in his hands when he ignored commands from the deputy and lunged at him. He said the deputy’s gun went off at least once during the struggle.

The deputy, who has been with the department about 15 years, suffered minor injuries.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com