Library carjacking leads to police shooting
By Leah Thorsen
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Just two days after St. Louis police officers shot a man who made a threatening move as they approached him, another officer shot a man who pointed a gun at him, police said.
On Wednesday, an off-duty officer was working a department-approved security job at the Walnut Park Library in the 5700 block of West Florissant Road when a person ran inside at 6:30 p.m. to say that an elderly woman had been carjacked in the parking lot, police said. The officer ran outside and saw a man in the woman's car. That man pointed a gun at the officer, who fired and struck the carjacker in the thigh, police said.
The carjacker drove off and crashed into another car a short distance away. Those inside the second car suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, as was the carjacker, police said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in police shootings.
On Monday evening, officers shot a man who matched the description of the person who shot and killed a Madison man on Cole Street near the Edward Jones Dome.
Police ordered the man, who was a few blocks north of the shooting, to show his hands, but he made a quick move and took one hand from his pocket and put it in his coat. Police said two officers feared for their safety and shot the 45-year-old man in the knee and grazed his side.
His injuries were not considered life-threatening. It was unclear late Wednesday whether that man was involved in the fatal shooting near the Dome.
The two officers involved in the shooting were put on administrative leave.