Police officer shot by handcuffed suspect inside squad auto

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2017

The suspect was arrested a short time later near a gas station.

The suspect was in the back of the SUV.

"Apparently he had another (gun) on him", Higginbotham said.

A police officer was shot Tuesday afternoon in a St. Louis suburb, according to KTVI.

Chad Klahs shot Arnold police officer Ryan O'Connor Tuesday while they were in a police SUV.

The Jefferson County spokesperson said a gun was stolen in the initial incident before the suspect ran into the woods nearby. Higginbotham said a gun was confiscated at that time.

The suspect also was shot in the head. Officers are not sure if the fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted. He's being treated at the same hospital as the officer but his condition has not been disclosed.

Shockey said O'Conner has worked for the Arnold department for about three years after previous stints in Ferguson, Missouri, and St. Louis County.

Records show the man who shot Arnold police officer Ryan O'Connor had an extensive criminal history.

Officers inside the station saw the SUV approach a sally port, where suspects are brought inside, on a camera. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy says the police vehicle had a wire cage that separates the front and back seats. The man is hospitalized at the same hospital as the officer but a condition report was not immediately available. His injuries were described as life-threatening.

Sheriffs Office investigating shooting at Arnold Police Department.

Highways were closed so the officer could be rushed to a hospital, according to police. Pray for our law enforcement family.

Police have not released further details.

At the Arnold Police Department there is a black police SUV that crashed into a large diesel tank.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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