St. Louis-area shootout leaves officer injured, suspect dead
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) — A shootout along the side of an interstate in suburban St. Louis has left a police officer injured and the suspect in his shooting dead, authorities investigating the incident said.
The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a Webster Groves police officer stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist along Interstate 44, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
As soon as the officer got out of his patrol car, a man who had been in a car parked along the interstate opened fire on the officer, Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Dallas Thompson said . The officer returned fire, and both the officer and suspect were shot several times.
The injured officer used a tourniquet on himself to stop the bleeding and called for help, St. Louis County Police spokesman Benjamin Granda said. Another officer who arrived to help took the officer to a hospital. The officer was released from the hospital Wednesday.
The suspect died at the scene. Granda identified him Wednesday as 23-year-old Qavon Webb, of St. Louis.
The officer’s name has not been released but Granda said he is 36 and has been on the job nearly eight years.