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UPDATE: Burglar shot by off-duty police officer charged

12:49 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- Work and personal time intertwined Friday for a St. Louis City police officer, who shot a man breaking into a neighbor's house.

Police says the off-duty officer heard the commotion, went to check it out and saw a man inside one of his neighbor's house on the 5200 block of Lexington Avenue in St. Louis.

Eventually, the two met up in the backyard when the officer saw the man climbing out of a window, according to a police spokesperson.

That's when the officer says the burglar tried to take his gun. The two fought over it, the officer fired several shots and hit the suspect once in the hip.

The burglary suspect, Laderrell Smith, 44, of the 1400 block of Montclair Avenue, was charged Saturday with second degree burglary, attempt to disarm a peace officer, third degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Smith is being held on a $45,000 bail.

The officer, who's been on the force for more than 24 years, was not hurt.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.



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