ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis officers were hospitalized after being shot in neighboring Ferguson and a man who fired at them has died after being shot by police, authorities said.
Police Chief John Hayden said the two officers, both in their 20s, were in a marked squad car together around 1 p.m. Wednesday when they spotted a vehicle believed to have been linked to an overnight killing.
They followed the vehicle into Ferguson, where the driver lost control and the vehicle stopped, police said in a statement Wednesday evening. The occupants fled on foot and at least one fired officers, who returned fire.
One officer was struck in the leg. The other was struck in the abdomen and critically wounded.
Hayden initially said that officer was in “very critical” condition, but at a 5 p.m. Wednesday news conference, the chief said the officer was improving after surgery. Hayden said the officer who was shot in the leg was in stable condition, was in good spirits and was with his family.
The man who was shot by police was taken to a hospital for treatment and died Wednesday, police said. At least two additional people were taken into custody after a foot pursuit, the statement said.
Hayden said the critically injured wounded officer has been with the department 3 1/2 years. The other officer has been with the department 2 1/2 years. Their names have not been released.
The shooting happened just blocks from where Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man, on Aug. 9, 2014, setting off months of unrest. Wilson was not charged and resigned from the police force in November 2014.
On Monday, two St. Louis officers were critically injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Interstate 64 as they responded to a crash. Four other people also were struck, leaving three of them critically injured.
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