ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - An officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Departmentsuffered minor injuries after he was accidentallywounded by his partnerThursday morning in a south city neighborhood.

The incident occurred around 11:20 a.m. in the 3700 block of Keokuk Street, located in the Dutchtown South neighborhood.

Two officers were responding to a call regarding copper thefts in the neighborhood and were approachedby what they said wasan aggressive dog showing its teeth. One of the officers, fearing for his safety, pulled out his gun and fired three or four shots at the dog. One of the bullets missed the animal, ricocheted off the sidewalk and struck his partner in the arm near his elbow.

The wounded officer was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital to be treated.

The dog, species unknown,ran away and police are not sure if it was wounded.

Police are searching for the dog's owner.