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St. Louis police: Suspect shot by officer after SWAT pursuit ends in Jennings

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect was shot Friday night after pointing a gun at officers.

ST. LOUIS — A SWAT pursuit ended with an officer shooting a suspect Friday night in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the pursuit began shortly before 11 p.m. in north St. Louis. SWAT officers began pursuing Sean Gathing, 19, of Florissant. The Metro Air Support Unit helped the pursuit near the area of Rosalie Street and North Kingshighway Boulevard.

Gathing drove into Jennings near the intersection of McLaran Avenue and Main Stree where his car was "rendered inoperable." It was not immediately known how the car came to a stop.

Gathing fled the car on foot when he "brandished" a pistol at a police officer. Police could not immediately share if Gathing pointed the gun at police officers.

Staff members at SLMPD's Real Time Crime Center said an officer shot the suspect in the chest.

The officer who shot the suspect is a 40-year-old man with 11 years of service, the police department said.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The St. Louis County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Division is handling the investigation.

Gathing was charged with one count of Assault First Degree, one count of Armed Criminal Action, and one count of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing.   

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