An officer from a St. Louis suburb is in critical but stable condition after he was shot Friday morning during a traffic stop.
The Ballwin officer, who has not been identified, pulled over a motorist for a speeding violation around 11 a.m. He spoke to the driver and then walked back to his car, said Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott during a news briefing Friday afternoon.
As the officer approached the police car, the suspect got out of his vehicle and ran back toward the officer, firing shots, Scott said. Media reports have said that the officer was shot in the neck.
The suspect, a man in his early 30s who was paroled on a weapons violation in March 2015, was later apprehended and a weapon recovered.
“Make no mistake, we believe that the Ballwin officer was ambushed. Period,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
The shooting came the morning after five officers in Dallas were killed — and several others injured — during a protest over police-involved shootings across the country.
Another police officer in Georgia also was shot Friday morning while responding to a call. Media reports indicate that the officer’s injuries aren’t considered life threatening at this time.
The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is investigating the Ballwin shooting.
Gov. Jay Nixon reached out on Twitter Friday afternoon about the incident: “Deeply concerned by reports of an officer shot in Ballwin,” he tweeted. “This violence must stop.”
Early Friday morning, Ballwin’s police chief ordered the flags be lowered and mourning bands be worn in response to the Texas shootings Thursday night.
“Our thoughts & support are w/ @DallasPD,” the department’s Twitter feed read.
Within a few hours, Ballwin police responded to a call about one of their own officers being shot.