ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It was a harrowing afternoon for a local mother and police officer, who fought two burglars who tried to ransack a home in the 4000 block of Lafayette.
Police say they received a call at around 12:35 p.m. from the mother, who told police that she was hiding in a second floor bathroom with her child, and could hear two suspects ransacking her house.
When one of the officers received the house, he noticed that the front door had been kicked in. Another officer saw an SUV with its engine running sitting in front of the residence. He also saw the suspects inside the home.
When he walked inside, the suspected tried to attack the officer, one with a screwdriver, the other with the top seatback of a chair.
The officer fired a shot at the suspect wielding the screwdriver, hitting him in the right flank. The two suspects fought with the officer as he attempted to take them into custody.
They struggled and fell through a rear glass sliding door that led to the patio. One of the suspects fled to the SUV and drove to Page and Hodiamont, where he called 911 and told police that he was victim of a drive-by shooting.
The other suspect ran back into the house and tried to leave through the front door, before being confronted by the second officer. He tried to turn around and escaped through the back patio door, but was arrested a short time later after a foot pursuit. He was treated by emergency personnel for cut wounds to his hands.
The suspect who told police he was involved in a drive-by shooting as taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released to officer, who were dubious of his story because of how quickly the call came after his escape from the house.
No officers were injured.
Per department policy, the officer who fired the gunshot has been placed on administrative leave.