Ballwin, Mo. Officer shot during traffic stop 1 in custody

A Ballwin police officer was shot and wounded Friday morning during a traffic stop, police sources said.

A Police officer with the Ballwin, Mo. Police Department was shot during a traffic stop according to authorities. The Officers condition is unknown at this time.

The wound was in the neck and the male officer was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis, in Creve Coeur, the sources said. There were no details about his condition.

St. Louis County Police are taking over the investigation.

The officer was shot around 11:10 a.m. after he encountered the suspect, who was inside a vehicle, on New Ballwin Road, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. After encountering the suspect, there was some sort of interaction between the two that led to the officer being shot.

Following the shooting, the suspect fled in a Blue Ford Taurus with temporary Illinois plates. An officer with the St. Louis County Police Department saw the suspect vehicle, at which time the suspect jumped from the vehicle on Burgundy Lane and ran a street over to Valley View, where he was taken into custody without any resistance, according to Chief Belmar.

Chief Belmar did not disclose any information about the officer’s injuries, but said he took a “hard hit.”

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Police presence continues to grow outside Mercy Hospital when wounded Ballwin officer was taken. (credit: Mike Colombo @Mike_Colombo )

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