By Jeff Small
(KSDK) - A Jennings police officer is in good condition after nearly being run over by his own patrol car. The drive had just stolen the car, leading to a manhunt that involved hundreds of local officers.
Officer Sean Connors was rushed to Depaul Hospital following the incident. Connors suffered injuries to his shoulder and ankle, plus extensive cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Thursday evening, officers were in hot pursuit from the ground and the air. They were desperately searching for a criminal who almost killed a police officer.
It started around Greenhaven and Jennings Station Road. A Jennings police officer spotted a man who looked familiar. The officer believed the man was involved in several drug dealings and robberies. The patrolman assumed the man would run, and called for backup. Just as the help arrived, the man took off running.
One officer gave chase when the fleeing suspect jumped into the officer's vehicle. The officer tried to stop the vehicle when he was hit. The impact sent the officer over the hood of his own car. Police say the suspect kept going, beginning a manhunt.
The search soon led to the abandoned patrol car around the 5900 block of Lalite in the city of St. Louis. K-9 units scoured the surrounding area since the officers gun was missing. Finally there was word the suspect was in an alley near the 5200 block of Hodiamont. Officers surrounded the scene and arrested him without incident.
At least one shot was fired during the incident. Police say it came from one of the responding officers who saw his co-worker being hit by the suspect. The bullet missed the suspect.
The victim, officer Sean Connors, has been with the Jennings Police Department for two years.