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One man injured during officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis County

Two officers fired their guns after the suspect drove toward them, police say

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — One man was injured after police officers shot him, St. Louis County police confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, two Velda City police officers pulled over a man on Octavia, near West Florissant, according to St. Louis County police officer Tracy Panus.

During the traffic stop, the man started to drive off toward the officers. Both officers fired shots at the man, striking him more than once, Panus said.

The driver led officers on a short pursuit, about half a mile long, and crashed into another car. It was minor wreck, Panus said. The man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries but is expected to survive.

A woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, got out and was taken into custody. It is not clear what role she played in the incident, Panus said.

The officers are okay.

On Wednesday, police released new details about the officers involved in the shooting. One officer is 37 years old with 10 years of law enforcement experience. The other officer is 33 years old with nine years of experience. St. Louis County police did not release their names.

Police said the suspect is 37 years old, and he remains in the hospital in critical condition. He has not been charged with a crime at this time.

The investigation is still active.

Please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 to speak to investigators regarding the incident. To remain anonymous or potentially receive a reward, please contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371TIPS(8477) if you have any information regarding the incident.

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