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The police department held a press conference after a Maryland Heights police officer shot twice by a suspect, police said, was caught breaking into a vehicle.
A Missouri police officer was shot early Tuesday and two men have been arrested after two policemen confronted by a teenager allegedly breaking into a car, police said.
The police said that the officers involved were from the Maryland Heights Police department’s Community Response Unit, and were assigned to patrol the parking lots and neighborhoods looking for people who are breaking into cars. Maryland Heights is just a half-an-hour of the St’s. Louis.
In a press conference on Thursday, Maryland Heights police chief Bill Carson said: “a lot of towns have problems with car break-ins, apartment parking lots, hotel parking lots, various locations in the city. Unfortunately, it seems as though we have been getting a lot of guns get stolen from cars, people have to leave guns in their cars.”
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He added: “we had a rash of car break-ins. We had the officers from the surveillance to try to catch the people who do it. Therefore, these officers were on a specific mission, to look at the parking lot in order to try to catch people that were breaking into cars.”
At around 3:50 a.m., two officers observed a suspect in a car break-in, was identified as the Menuis Center of the West Lawn. When he approached the 17-year-old and identified themselves as officers, police said, the Victim started shooting.
One of the officers twice and was hit in the lower part of the body, and was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Maryland Heights Police Department. The second officer, the injured officer’s partner, “answered the fire,” he said to the police, the Victim, who has not been touched, he left on foot.
He was found by responding officers a short time later, police said.
Menuis Ellis, 17, of Pine Lawn, Mo.. and Davina Parker, 26, of Jennings.
(The Maryland Heights Police Department)
Police said a second suspect, Davina Parker, Jennings, was taken into custody. Police said Parker, 26, was acting as the getaway driver, and she has been charged with the theft of a misdemeanor.
A weapon was recovered at the scene, and the Victim, and acknowledged that it belonged to him, according to The Maryland Heights police department.
“Well, that is another thing that is really scary for our staff. Since we are getting so many guns have been stolen from the car of the people, we find that the act of breaking into cars, armed themselves, and that makes it all the more scary,” said Chief Carson.
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Ellis has been charged with assault, armed criminal action, and stealing. His bond was set at $1 million.
Parker’s bond was set at $2,500.
The officer, who was shot down, 38, will be described as a nine-year veteran of the department, with 14 years of experience as a prosecutor under his belt, the officials said.
A department spokesperson said the officer has been released from the hospital, but is scheduled to return on Friday to determine the next steps in his recovery.
“At the beginning of the report, which we did, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Carson said.
He called out to the wounded officer as “outstanding,” adding that his partner, has been with the department for eight years, and was an excellent officer.”
“We are relieved that the injuries weren’t more serious than it seemed at first,” Carson said, adding that a representative of the department, had been shot in the lane in about nine years.
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He said that the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.