The Latest: Officers were saved by bullet-proof vests released

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. – The Latest on the shooting of two Pcs. Louis-area police officers saved by their bullet-proof vests (all times are local):

2:10 pm

Two suburbs of St. Louis police officers who were shot in their torsos, but saved by their bulletproof vests were released from a hospital.

The 44-year-old male officer and the 25-year-old female officer was shot Thursday morning while trying to arrest a man in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

An officer returned fire as the man ran to a house about a block away. The suspect barricaded himself inside the house.

It is unclear whether the suspect was injured. The police around the house and tries to convince the man to surrender. The police believe the man is armed.

The officers are with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police. Authorities say the two officers were taken to a hospital for bruises and evaluation of internal injuries. Both were released by the afternoon.


9:30 pm

Two St. Louis-area police officers have been shot in the chest, but bullet-proof vests apparently saved both of serious injury.

The shooting happened before 8 p.m. on Thursday in the St. Louis County town of Bellefontaine Neighbors. The shooter is barricaded in a house surrounded by a heavy presence of the police. Officials trying to negotiate his surrender.

Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both officers will be OK. He says one is a male sergeant, the other a female patrol officer. Both conscious and talking after the shooting.

Doerr had no details about what led to the shooting.

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