ST. LOUIS – An officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis is under investigation.
Police were called to the intersection of Goodfellow and Lillian around 1 p.m. Wednesday after a suspect was shot in the chest and an officer was injured.
In a press conference, police said the incident started after a license plate reader notified the Real Time Crime Center about a vehicle that had been stolen a couple days ago.
Two officers on patrol responded to where the vehicle was spotted. The driver of the vehicle pulled into a gas station where the passenger officer confronts the driver. During this time, the door is open, and the officer stands between the door and the suspect.
The car then accelerates in reverse and the officer was caught in between the door and the car. The car eventually crashed, and the officer fell to the ground – sometime during the incident the officer discharged his gun and struck the suspect.
In a 2:15 p.m. press conference, St. Louis Metropolitan police chief John Hayden, said the suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The officer was transported to a hospital and suffered a 'significant head injury,' Chief Hayden said. Police have not identified the officer, but said he is 31 years old and has been with the department for two years.
The officer was released from the hospital, police said on Friday.
Chief Hayden plans on releasing surveillance video, but police have not said when.
Thursday afternoon, police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Demario Bass.
Police said narcotics were found in Bass' vehicle but they did not find a gun.
This is a developing story and will be updated as 5 On Your Side receives more information.