The Latest: Motorist shot suburban St. Louis officer

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The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in suburban St. Louis (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

A suburban St. Louis police chief says a motorist shot an officer three times as the officer walked back to his car during a traffic stop.

Chief Kevin Scott said Friday at a news conference that the incident was captured on video. The officer is in critical condition, but stable. His identity was not released.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar has told KMOV-TV that a suspect in the Friday morning shooting is in custody and that a gun was recovered.


12:35 p.m.

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

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar didn't offer any immediate word about the medical status of the officer wounded during the shooting shortly after 11 a.m. Friday in Ballwin. But Belmar tells KMOV-TV ( ) 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 a St. Louis County officer. The suspect was arrested after a short foot chase.

The wounded officer's name wasn't released.