An African-American off-duty cop was shot by a white colleague Wednesday, in St. Louis. Both officers was in an attempt of a first responder on catching suspect with high-speed car.
The high speed car crashed by the chase. The injured officer was in his home when he heard the crash. He decided to help officers on that spot. When he arrived to the scene, his colleagues ordered him to lay down on the ground. After recognizing him the let him approach to them.
In an email the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said that ” At this time, a responding Police officer (36-Year old white male with over 8 years of service) just arriving in the area observed this and fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm,”
The unnamed wounded police officer is 38 years old and in service for 11 years. The off-duty officer’s lawyer, Refus Tate Jr. said the friendly fire shooting was a part of a trend of police violence toward African-American men. Tate told Fox 2 News “in the police report, you have so far, there is no described of threat he preceived.”
Before the crash, St. Louis police officers were pursuing a stolen white sedan. Two teenage suspects were arrested on the scene, third escaped. The department also said that an investigation will take place on the issue.