Suspect dead, officer in hospital after shooting in Missouri

Suspect dead, officer in hospital after shooting in Missouri

Suspect dead, officer in hospital after shooting in Missouri

A suburban St. Louis police officer is in surgery after being shot by a suspect inside a police vehicle, apparently with a gun police failed to confiscate.

Images from SkyFOX helicopter show a police vehicle crashed into the Arnold Police Department.

The incident reportedly began around 12:30 a burglary call in a residential area.

Police said the suspect, Chad Klahs, was arrested after a burglary and shooting investigation. The suspect was caught a short time later at Zingers Mart, a convenience store at a Phillips 66 gas station on Jeffco Blvd. - just two miles from the Arnold police station.

Authorities say 29-year-old Chad Klahs of Arnold died Tuesday after shooting Arnold, Missouri, officer Ryan O'Connor in the head.

This evening, the sheriff of Jefferson county said there is, "Always a lot of speculation into police shootings". Arnold police learned that a gun had been stolen from a home.

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Police said the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It isn't clear if the suspect had another gun or if he grabbed the officer's weapon.

The suspect also was shot in the head.

Officer O'Connor has been a police officer for 20 years, three of them in Arnold. His name has not been released. O'Conner's black police SUV can be seen at the Arnold Police Station, resting against a large diesel tank, just feet from the front door.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies were investigating at the scene where the crashed SUV remains surrounded by police tape. Sheriff Dave Marshak on Twitter urged people to "pray for our law enforcement family".

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