Missouri Officer Shot While Transporting Suspect

Missouri Officer Shot While Transporting Suspect

Missouri Officer Shot While Transporting Suspect

A St. Louis-area police officer was left in critical condition after being shot Tuesday.

The burglary suspect was being transported to the police station when he shot the officer with a gun he had somehow managed to acquire, the report said. Police said Chad Klahs was well known to them. He was shot in the back of the neck or head, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Higginbotham.

The suspect also sustained a gunshot wound, but police haven't said whether it's self inflicted.

Police said he shot an officer on Tuesday afternoon. Arnold police learned that a gun had been stolen from a home. The suspect also was shot once in the head and is being treated at the same hospital as O'Connor.

The suspect was being brought in for booking as part of a robbery or burglary investigation. Higginbotham said a gun was confiscated at that time.

Emergency crews are on scene in Arnold after an officer was shot.

Klahs' criminal history includes being sentences to eight years in prison when he pleaded guilty to burglary charges in Jefferson County, in 2009. Police aren't sure if that wound was self-inflicted. Klahs is known to police and was located some time later at a gas station almost a mile away.

It is unclear when he was most recently released from custody.

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

Higginbotham also said the injuries are life threatening. The vehicle then crashed into a propane tank in the rear of the police department. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. There is a cage to prevent prisoners in the vehicle from injuring officers.

O'Connoer, has been identified as a 20-year veteran of law enforcement.

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