Plainclothed Cop Tries to Stop 3 Robbers on a Bike but Receives a Headshot
You Must Be 18 Years of Age or Over to Use the Site.
Police Officer Killed North St. Louis County
WELLSTON — A police officer was fatally shot Sunday afternoon while answering a call about a customer trying to cash a bad check at Clay's Wellston Food Market Restaurant, North County Police Cooperative Chief John Buchannan confirmed.
The officer has been identified as M L, 40, who had worked for the cooperative for three months.
A suspect is in custody and a gun has been recovered, Buchannan said outside Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where L had been taken after the shooting.
Police from several jurisdictions were at the scene Sunday evening and were investigating the shooting.
L was called to the market, 6250 Page Avenue, around 4:30 p.m. to investigate a bad check complaint, Buchannan said. About 5 minutes later, a radio call went out for an officer down.
The person who tried to cash a bad check is the suspect in the shooting, police said.
Most of the confrontation was caught by a store surveillance camera near the counter. It showed that the encounter lasted 1 minute, 16 seconds, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The source described the footage:
L entered the store holding the suspect by the arm. The man appeared to be trying to leave, and Langsdorf threw him to the ground. A gun was visible in the suspect's waistband. The two struggled on the ground beneath the store counter, out of view of the camera, for about 30 seconds. The suspect jumped up and pointed a gun at L. L, on his hands and knees, appeared to lunge at him. The man fired from close range.