Officer opens fire after vehicle struck; suspect sought

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A St. Louis police officer opened fire after his vehicle was struck Wednesday morning near downtown St. Louis.

According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, a stolen vehicle from St. Louis County was detected by a license plate reader near the intersection of Tucker Boulevard and Carr Street.

Dotson says officers located the vehicle parked at the curb.

An officer, who was on the scene, called for assistance. A second car was approaching  and the suspect ran to the vehicle. At that point, the suspect drove toward the police car, struck the mirror, pinning the officer down as he was trying to get out of the car.

The officer in the passenger seat fired one shot, shattering the window of the police car. Officers pursued the car, drove to north St. Louis and recovered the car abandoned in an alley.

Authorities do not believe the suspect was wounded.

The suspect is described as an African-American male who was wearing a skull cap.

There is no further information at this time. FOX 2 will keep you updated as more details become available.