One officer suffered a hand injury on the 2800 block of Florissant after an incident that ended near Crown Candy in north St. Louis Monday afternoon. Two men involved in the incident were charged Tuesday.
Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer injured his hand while pursuing four people believed to be involved in a shooting in Northwoods in St. Louis County.
A St. Louis Metropolitan Police spokeswoman originally said the officer was shot in the hand, but, in a press conference, Dotson said doctors determined it to be a serious hand injury but not a gunshot wound.
Dotson said officers were given the description of a car involved in the incident. When officers attempted to pull over a car matching the description, the car fled. After running over spike strips and crashing, four people got out of the car and ran off.
Scene photos: Officer injured in N. STL pursuit
During the chase, the 29-year-old officer fell, heard a noise and injured his hand. The officer believed he had been shot and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Dotson said four people were taken into custody in connection with the incident. Two men and two juveniles — a male and a female — were taken into custody. Dotson said they sound an assault rifle, two handguns and a ski mask in the car.
Armond Calvin, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm. Christopher Rhodes, 20, was charged with resisting arrest. Both are being held on $30,000, cash-only bonds.
Dotson said the officer is a 6-year-veteran. They were treated and released from hospital overnight.
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