Suspect shot by police after threatening officers with pipe

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MEHLVILLE, Mo. — A suspect is being treated at a hospital after a shooting involving a St. Louis County Police officer. The shooting happened on Tuesday at around 12:15pm in a business plaza in the 4000 block of Butler Hill Road

St. Louis County Police officers from the South County Precinct responded for a call regarding a suspicious person with erratic behavior inside one of the businesses. The subject ran out of the back door towards an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Nottingham Estates. He was located in a basement of one of the apartment buildings.

Officers tried to de-escalate the situation but the suspect approached them with a metal pipe in a threatening manner. They first used two forms of less-lethal force but were unsuccessful. When the suspect continued to advance at them, the officers feared for their safety and others and one of them fired their gun at the suspect.

The suspect was struck at least once and was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The officer who discharged his weapon is 37 years of age and has eight years of experience.

The investigation is being led by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.

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