Police chief: Officer shot, hospitalized in St. Louis suburb

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Authorities say a suburban St. Louis police officer is hospitalized after being shot during a confrontation with a man on a street.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar didn't offer any immediate word about the medical status of the Ballwin officer wounded during the shooting shortly after 11 a.m. Friday. But Belmar tells KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/29VeKKY ) the officer took "a hard hit."

Belmar says a suspect is in custody, and a handgun has been recovered.

Details about what led to the officer's initial interaction with the motorist weren't disclosed. But Belmar says that after the shooting, the suspect sped away but abandoned that car and ran after it was spotted by another officer. The suspect was arrested after a short foot chase.

The wounded officer's name wasn't released.


Information from: KMOV-TV, http://www.kmov.com