Officer, 12-year-old girl injured in pursuit

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis police officer and a 12-year-old girl were injured Sunday afternoon after a suspect struck the officer's patrol car.

Leah K. Freeman, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, says officers responded to the 5800 block of Vivian shortly after 2 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

Two suspects fled from police, and struck a police car and another vehicle near Grand and Interstate 70. One person was taken into custody at that scene. She says the person taken into custody after the accident at Grand and I-70 was the driver of the getaway vehicle, but the person responsible for the shooting ran from the scene and is still at large.

A police officer inside the patrol car involved in the accident complained of back pain and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

A woman was driving the other vehicle hit by the cars. She was on her way home from church with her three grandchildren. Her 12-year-old granddaughter is being taken to an area hospital to be treated for an injured leg.

Freeman says a 24-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the location on Vivian. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, but has since stabilized.

A description of the suspect has not been released.


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