Officer-involved shooting in East St. Louis

9:45 AM, Mar 16, 2012   |    comments
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East St. Louis, Ill (KSDK) -- Illinois State Police say the shooting in East St. Louis Thursday night involving three officers, started when the driver of a vehicle tried to flee a traffic stop.

Illinois State Police say at 9:45 p.m. three officers assigned to the Operation WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) team stopped a car near 37th Street and Caseyville Avenue. When the officers approached the vehicle, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, striking one of the officers.

Illinois State Police says two of the officers fired shots at the vehicle, striking a passenger inside the car. The driver received minor injuries.

The officers are from different agencies. The one that was struck by the car is an inspector with MEGSI (Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois). The other officer is an FBI agent. The officer who did not fire a shot is an Illinois State Police sergeant. 

Illinois State Police says the MEGSI Inspector and both suspects were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Both the MEGSI Inspector and driver of the suspect vehicle have been released from hospitals. The status of the passenger who was shot by police is not known at this time.  

Police say a weapon was recovered from inside the vehicle. That car appeared to have its windows blown out by the gunfire.


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