But sources say the off-duty officer was shot by a fellow cop who did not recognize him as an officer, in a separate encounter away from the initial crash.
Although the police report detailed the incident as mere "friendly fire"-a military term used to describe when a non-enemy is mistakenly targeted as hostile or deemed as a threat due to misinformation or inaccuracy-the uniformed officer and six other officers involved were placed on administrative leave, according to St. Louis Today". He questioned the white officer's account, according to police, that he shot the off-duty officer because he feared for his safety.
Both the Post-Dispatch and Fox say the off-duty officer left his house armed with his service weapon after hearing "commotion" related to the pursuit of the stolen vehicle, which crashed after its occupants reportedly fired shots at police.
A St. Louis, Mo., police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm after responding to a scene and being fired on by one of his fellow officers instead.
It occurred around 10pm last Wednesday when St. Louis police heard a report that a auto had been stolen.
A stolen auto with three suspects in it had crashed in his neighborhood, leading to a short exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the police.
The third suspect remains at-large. The officers backed off but continued to follow the auto.
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The injured off-duty officer was treated at a hospital and released Thursday.
The victim was treated in hospital but has since been released, police confirmed.
The 38-year-old officer, an 11-year department veteran, was initially stopped by two uniformed St. Louis cops and ordered to the ground.
One of the suspects from the stolen vehicle was also hit by gunfire and had an ankle wound.
But another officer, an unnamed 36-year-old who has been with the department for 8 years, arrived at the scene and immediately opened fire. So we have a real problem with that. Brown, 18, was unarmed on August 9, 2014 when he was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson during a confrontation in Ferguson, about 20 minutes from St. Louis. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared", Tate says. Another 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody and the third suspect, described by police as being "young", is now at-large.
So far this year, 461 people have been shot and killed by police officers, according to a Washington Post database of police shootings.
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