ST. LOUIS – City leaders are asking the community to pray tonight following a shooting involving an officer earlier this afternoon.
“I am grateful for that, but please continue to pray,” said Sheriff John Hayden of St. Louis Metropolitan said.
Sheriff Hayden said two of their officers were apprehending a suspect in North County – when a suspect opened fire. One officer was shot in the leg. The other is in the chest. Both were taken to Barnes Hospital. The officer who was shot in the chest is in critical condition. The head says the officer is doing better.
“I’m so grateful and for the fact that the doctors will tell you that, they said that by the end of the surgery he was definitely better than he was when he was brought in,” Hayden said.
Sheriff Hayden also said doctors have moved staff from the ER to the ICU. “So we’re encouraged by that — but it’s no imagination that he’s out of danger,” added Hayden.
Hayden said the officer who was shot in the leg is in stable condition and spoke to his family today.
This comes after two officers were hit by a speeding car Monday on I-64. Early this morning, Sheriff Hayden was emotional.
“I am asking the public to pray,” Hayden said, “These are difficult times. We just had a cop hit by a car the other day. As a matter of fact, one of them is here. We’ve come to offer our condolences,” Sheriff Hayden said with tears in her eyes.
Police of St. Louis is still recovering from his disappearance last month – when Detective Antonio Valentine was killed in an accident.
“We will do what we have to. We will come together and support each other in this. But we ask the public to recognize the dangers these officers face every day when do their work”, Lt. Colonel Steve Sack with the Saint Louis County Sheriff’s Department.
The police department has not yet released the identities of the officers at this time.
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