U City officer shot in chest, woman dies

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – A woman is dead and a police officer is seriously injured after a shooting in University City Monday night.

Det. Sgt. Fredrick Lemons with the University City Police Department says officers were called to the 7400 block of Wayne around 10 p.m. for a report of a burglary in progress. The caller said a man climbed through a bedroom window and started shooting.

Lemons says when officers arrived at the scene they found a woman with a gunshot wound to her leg. She was taken to an area hospital where she died. Police have identified as 55-year-old Donna Washington.

As three police officers approached the home, one of them was shot in the chest, Lemons says. He says the officer who was shot was able to return gunfire.

Police say the suspect, identified Tuesday afternoon as Washington's son, 33-year-old Major Washington, ran through the backyard. It is unknown if he is injured. He was last seen running east toward Midland Avenue. He is described as being in his early 30s with long dreadlocks, medium build, and light complexion.

Major Washington is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows his whereabouts should call the University City Police Bureau of Investigations at 314-725-2211, ext. 8010 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

The injured officer was taken to an area hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition. He is a five-year veteran of the University Police Department. His name has not been released.

It appears this incident is unrelated to the unrest that erupted in Ferguson and other areas following the announcement Monday night that Darren Wilson will not be charged for the death of Michael Brown.

In the hours following the announcement, at least 25 structures were set on fire, buildings were vandalized and looted, and police cars were set on fire.


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