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10-02-2016, 12:02 PM

Police: boy, 14, critically wounded in shootout with St. Louis officers


ST. LOUIS Police shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy who fired at officers first Sunday morning in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, Police Chief Sam Dotson said.

The shooting was reported about 9:25 a.m. in the 5000 block of Beacon Avenue; the department posted a tweet saying the wounded person was stable at a hospital.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Dotson told reporters at the scene that officers had been searching for a car taken in a carjacking late last month. After a short pursuit, Dotson said, the officers stopped to try to talk to at least one teen walking on Lillian Avenue. The teen ran off, turned through a vacant lot near the Walbridge Elementary School and fired one shot before officers returned fire.

The two officers involved are white; the teen is black. The teen was in critical but stable condition at a hospital; he was conscious and able to speak. :(Dotson said witnesses told police they heard the pursuing officers identify themselves as police and order the teen to get down.

Police recovered the teen's semiautomatic pistol at the scene and were looking for the shell casing in the vacant lot, Dotson said.